Woods says Player Of The Year already decided

Talking before the Northern Trust this week, Tiger Woods has made an early call as to who he thinks will be crownded the PGA Tour Player Of The Year.

His pick? Brooks Koepka, who recently held off Woods in St Louis to win his second major of the year at the PGA Championship.

Brooks Koepka Brooks Koepka (Credit: Getty Images)

Woods, a record 11-time winner of the PGA Tour Player of the Year Award, said it was a pretty simple decision.

“You win two majors, you’ve got it. It’s not real complicated,” said Woods.

“It was very similar to what DD (David Duval) went through in ’98, with Marko (Mark O’Meara) winning two major championships, I think that trumps…what, DD won four times that year. I think two majors trumps it.”

Woods was on the receiving end of just that scenario when he won four times in the 2008 season including the famous duel with Rooco Mediate at the US Open before bowing out with an injury for the rest of that season. Padraig Harrington then took out the final two majors of the year and was subsequently voted Player of the Year.

However, Koepka, who lines up this week in third place on the FedEx Cup ladder, isn’t so sure.

“I think the majors…obviously there’s a lot of weight with those,” said Koepka.

“But as far as Player of the Year race I don’t see it being a lock for the fact of, what was it, Dustin, Justin and Bubba have all won three times, if they go pop the entire FedExCup and win the FedExCup, I mean that’s a pretty damn good argument to have right there.”

“So to say it’s a lock I don’t think that at all. If I do what I’m supposed to do and go out and play some good golf here in these last four events and give myself a chance to win the FedExCup and win a couple of these events, then maybe it might be a different story if I pop off another win or win the FedExCup.”

“But as of right now it’s open. I don’t think it’s a lock at all.”

The Northern Trust kicks off tonight and marks the first of the four tournaments in the FedExCup Playoffs Series.