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Woods once again player of the year


Published: Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 6, 2003 at 11:46 p.m.

KAPALUA, Hawaii - Tiger Woods started off the new season with an award, even though he's not playing. He was the 2002 PGA Tour player of the year for the fourth consecutive season.

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Tiger Woods was named the PGA Tour player of the year for 2002 Monday. It was the fourth consecutive time he has won the award.

The Associated Press

Woods won five times on tour last year, including the first two majors, and he won the money title for the fourth straight year. No one else won more than two tour events in 2001.

The award is decided by a vote of the players. The PGA Tour does not reveal vote totals.

``I'm especially proud to have won this award four consecutive times,'' Woods said. ``It's a great year when you win one major championship, so I was really pleased to win two in 2002, plus three other PGA Tour events.''

Jonathan Byrd, who won the Buick Challenge against a strong field in the next-to-last tournament of the year, was voted PGA Tour rookie of the year.

Hale Irwin was voted Senior PGA Tour player of the year for becoming the first to earn more than $3 million in one year on the 50-and-older circuit.

Patrick Moore was the Buy.com Tour player of the year after winning three times, while Gene Sauers was the PGA Tour comeback player of the year for picking up his first victory in more than 13 years.

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