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Woods Receives Seventh Vardon Trophy



Tiger Woods, who completed his competitive season in September as the 2007 PGA Player of the Year, earned his seventh Vardon Trophy. The award is emblematic of the player with the lowest scoring average for the year and is presented by the PGA of America.

Tiger Woods won seven events this season, including the 89th PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in August, and finished the season with an adjusted scoring average of 67.79 based on 63 rounds, the fewest rounds he has needed to win the award in his career. In the process, Tiger Woods matched his record scoring average of the 2000 season, when he completed 76 rounds.

During his seven Vardon Trophy seasons, Tiger Woods averaged 72.28 rounds per season. From 1980 to 1998, before Tiger Woods' first Vardon Trophy victory, past winners have averaged 81.4 rounds per season.

This year, Tiger Woods completed his stroke-play events on September 16, at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, where he wrapped up his ninth PGA Player of the Year Award. Ernie Els was runner-up in adjusted scoring average at 69.29, though his 59 recorded rounds would have been one short of qualifying for the Vardon Trophy.

Justin Rose was third with a 69.30 adjusted average based on 63 rounds, followed by Steve Stricker at 69.39 and his 81 rounds. Jim Furyk, the 2006 Vardon Trophy winner, was fifth at 69.47 based on 84 rounds. Phil Mickelson and Masters champion Zach Johnson were ineligible for Vardon Trophy consideration this season after having incomplete rounds during the Memorial Tournament.

Since 1937 the Vardon Trophy, named in honor of famed British golfer Harry Vardon, has been awarded annually to the touring professional with the lowest adjusted scoring average. To be eligible, golfers must complete a minimum of 60 rounds, with no incomplete rounds, in events co-sponsored or designated by the PGA Tour.

 

 

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