December 12 2013
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
Tiger Woods took PGA TOUR honors. Henrik Stenson was the choice of the European Tour.
But if there was a worldwide player of the year chosen for 2014 Stenson likely would have gotten the nod in voting of his peers.
The Swede is the first player to win the FedExCup on the PGA TOUR and the Race to Dubai in Europe. Stenson did it was dramatic flair, too -- winning the season-ending events on both sides of the Atlantic, the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and the DP World Tour Championship.
"For me the way he played golf the back end of the year was simply sensational," Ian Poulter said. "His consistency was incredible. He delivered when he needed to deliver.
"He had done it at the FedExCup and he had done it in Dubai, and to win both those events when he had to, very impressive to me."
Lee Westwood, who will team with his good friend Poulter at the Franklin Templeton Shootout this week, could see the case for both Stenson and Woods, who won five times in his first 11 events of the season.
"Maybe it's not fair to say Henrik was the Player of the Year because in the first part of the year he didn't do so much but the second part of the year he exploded, but Tiger was dominant in the first part of the year and then the second part of the year, although he probably didn't play that much, he didn't seem to win that much, either," Westwood said.
"It's been a strange year, it's almost been a year of two halves."
Sean O'Hair, who teams with Kenny Perry -- recently names the Champions Tour Player of the Year -- to defend their title at the Franklin Templeton Shootout, says it's hard to argue against Woods. But Stenson would get his vote for the POY if golf around the globe was taken into account.
"It's kind of hard to argue that he got Player of the Year," O'Hair said of Woods. "My opinion is I don't really think you have to, but you look at what Stenson did worldwide after winning the FedEx and then winning the European Race to Dubai, that's incredible and that is extremely hard to do.
"I think as far as world Tours is concerned, I think Stenson was well-deserving of the Player of the Year for all tours. The year that he had is just incredible, very similar to Luke Donald winning both Orders of Merit and the money list. That's my opinion."