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Woods, Irwin and Howison claim honours

PGA champion Tiger Woods, Hale Irwin and Ryan Howison earned the Player of the Month honours for August.

Woods not only earned his second major title with a victory at the PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club, but also won the NEC Invitational later in the month. The NEC featured an elite 41-man field comprising the members of the Presidents and Ryder Cup teams.

Woods, who also tied for 37th at the Sprint International, has four wins in his last seven starts and became the first player to surpass $4 million in earnings for a season.

Woods also won the honour this past February and captured it three times in 1997. He has won five PGA Tour events this year, becoming the first player to win five times in a season since Nick Price in 1994.

Irwin, who also earned the honour in May and July, did not win during the month of August, but tied for third in Utah and lost playoffs in Boston and Canada. He became the first Senior Tour player to win the honour without posting a victory during the month.

Irwin also had a string of 13 straight rounds in the 60s to set a Senior Tour record. He has been chosen player of the month 11 times in his Senior Tour career.

Howison won a playoff and lost a playoff in the month of August on the Nike Tour. He lost to Fran Quinn at the Dakota Dunes Open, then beat Edward Fryatt in a playoff at the Ozarks Open.

Howison has won twice on the Nike Tour this year and needs one more victory this season to earn a "Battlefield Promotion" to the PGA Tour.