September 23 2013
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
The FedExCup wasn’t the only honor decided by the conclusion of the 2013 PGA TOUR season. The Byron Nelson Award and Arnold Palmer awards also were decided.
Steve Stricker won the Nelson Award, which is given to the player with the low adjusted scoring average. Stricker finished with a 68.945 scoring average, .04 strokes per round ahead of Tiger Woods (68.985). They were the only players to have an adjusted scoring average below 69. U.S. Open champion Justin Rose finished third in adjusted scoring average with a 69.266.
Woods won the Arnold Palmer Award as the TOUR’s leading money winner ($8,553,439). FedExCup champion Henrik Stenson finished second in earnings ($6,388,230). Woods' $8.5 million in earnings is the highest total to lead the TOUR since he won $10.5 million in 2009.
This is the 10th time Woods has won the Palmer Award (1997, ’99-’02, ’05-’07, ’09, ’13), and first time since 2009. Woods won five times this season and had eight top-10s in 16 starts this year.
Stricker played just 13 events this season, but made every cut and finished in the top 25 11 times. He had eight top-10s, including four runner-up finishes.