3 Jan 2014

American gofl writers go for Scott

9:16 am on 3 January 2014

U.S. Masters champion Adam Scott has edged out world number one Tiger Woods as Player of the Year in voting by the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA).

The Australian beat Woods by five votes while Park In-Bee of South Korea landed the female accolade and Kenny Perry took senior player honours.

Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters in April and also claimed a FedExCup playoff victory at The Barclays in August.

His two PGA Tour wins in 2013 lagged behind the five won by Woods, a total that earned the 14-times major champion PGA Tour Player of the Year honours with his colleagues and the PGA of America.

World number two Scott also ended the season by winning the Australian PGA and the Australian Masters, teamed up with Jason Day to land the team event at the World Cup and was second in the Australian Open.

The 25-year-old Park scripted one of the most compelling golf stories in 2013 by stringing together victories in the season's first three majors - the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the LPGA Championship and the U.S. Women's Open.

Perry, 53, had three wins on the Champions Tour, two of them majors, as he beat Germany's Bernhard Langer to the player of the year award.