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Woods wins McCormack award

The Governing Board of the Official World Golf Ranking has announced that Tiger Woods has won the inaugural Mark H. McCormack Award.

The award was created to recognise the player who holds the No.1 position on the World Rankings for the most number of weeks in each year. Tiger Woods held the top position for 43 weeks in 1998.

"Iím proud to be the recipient of the first Mark H. McCormack Award," Woods said. "To win this award a player has to perform at a consistently high level over an extended period."

"Congratulations to Tiger Woods on being the first recipient of the Mark H. McCormack Award," said US PGA Commissioner Tim Fincham. "The impact Tiger has had on the game worldwide is demonstrated by this honour."

"The Official World Golf Ranking becomes even more important this year with the introduction of the World Golf Championships. Two of the three World Golf Championships (Andersen Consulting Match Play Championship and American Express Championship) employ the Official World Golf Ranking to determine eligibility, which illustrates the stature and credibility the ranking system has attained worldwide."

McCormack said: "I am honoured that the Governing Board of the Official World Golf Ranking has created this award. I feel very proud to have contributed something to the sport of golf, which has been such an important part of my life."