Tiger closes out season 'satisfied' after 67
The end of his PGA Tour season came without the result he wanted, but Tiger Woods nonetheless left East Lake Country Club on Sunday with the most PGA Tour victories, the most official money and the lowest scoring average for the year.
ATLANTA -- The end of his PGA Tour season came without the result he wanted, but Tiger Woods nonetheless left East Lake Country Club on Sunday with the most PGA Tour victories, the most official money and the lowest scoring average for the year.
And he also finished second in the FedEx Cup standings, earning a $3 million bonus.
A 3-under-par 67 was too late to make a difference at the Tour Championship, where Woods got better each day, shooting 73-71-69-67 to finish in a tie for 22nd. That meant he was unable to claim the FedEx Cup title despite leading the points standings for a good part of the year.
But his body of work could earn him an 11th PGA Tour player of the year honor -- the award is voted on by players and will be announced Friday -- as he has three more PGA Tour victories than Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson, the only other players in the discussion.
"Very satisfied," said Woods, ranked No. 1 in the world since his victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, when asked about his season.
"I had a number of chances to win some tournaments. I won five, which is, I think, a pretty good year. I've done that a few times over the course of my career. I wish I would have been a little more consistent in some of the events, but overall, at the end of the day, to add to the win total for the year, it's always a good thing."
Woods did wrap up at least one award as player of the year, winning the PGA of America's points-based honor on the strength of his PGA Tour victories, the money title and the Vardon Trophy.
Woods had 90 points -- 10 points for each of his five wins, 20 points each for the money title and Vardon Trophy for lowest adjusted scoring average.
It was the 11th time that Woods won PGA player of the year, and ninth time he won the Vardon. He had not won either award since 2009, the year that ended with his personal life unraveling.
Woods, 37, failed to add to his total of 14 major championships, which is why both Scott and Mickelson -- who has never been player of the year in his career -- will get plenty of consideration for the PGA Tour honor.
Scott, who played with the flu on Saturday and fell down the leaderboard, captured the Masters and the Barclays, while Mickelson won the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the Open Championship. Players might also give Mickelson consideration for his Scottish Open victory, although it is not a PGA Tour event. The major championships won by Scott and Mickelson carry a lot of weight, but Woods had three victories at prestigious events -- the Players Championship, the WGC-Cadillac Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
For the year, Woods played in 17 worldwide events, missing just one cut -- at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. In addition to his five victories, he had two other top-5 finishes. On the down side, including his missed cut in Abu Dhabi, he had six finishes of 30th or worse.
"I'm always looking to improve and become more consistent day in and day out," Woods said. "There's certainly some weeks where I was just off. I always wish I could play a little bit more consistent and have a chance each and every time I tee it up. That's the intent. Whether that happens or not, it doesn't always work out that way. But overall at the end of the year, I think it's been a really good year."
While his PGA Tour season is complete, Woods still has more golf to play in 2013.
After a week off, he will be joined by 11 American teammates -- all of whom competed in the Tour Championship -- at the Presidents Cup to take on an International team led by Masters champion Scott. The U.S. leads the series 7-1-1 and has won every match at home. This one will be played at Muirfield Village in Ohio.
Woods will head to Asia in late October for an exhibition with Rory McIlroy followed by a week of corporate outings. Then he is scheduled to play in the Turkish Airlines Open, a European Tour event. His last tournament of the year will be in December at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge (Dec. 5-8), which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.
"We're going to take the week off and kind of recoup and recover, get ready for the Presidents Cup, and then basically assess the year and what we need to work on in the off season," Woods said. "I've got a couple of tournaments that I'm playing in that I could try and make some improvements, try and work on some things for next year."Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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