It’s hard to name any award which Tiger has not earned in his career, on Tuesday Tiger earned his first Golf Writers’ Association of America’s Ben Hogan Award for overcoming physical issues and returning a winner on tour, given to a player who has overcome a physical handicap or serious injury to remain active in golf.
The deciding factor – Woods return from spinal fusion injury in 2017, which culminated with his first PGA TOUR victory in five years at the Tour Championship last September.
“I’m grateful to receive an award named after Mr. Hogan and to join a group of truly inspirational individuals,” Woods said in a statement. “I feel very fortunate that I was able to return to a normal life with my kids, and I understand what a privilege it is to play competitive golf again. I would like to thank the fans for their unwavering support and the GWAA for this honor.”
tiger had an impressive run in 2018, he played 18 tournaments, had two second finishes, seven top-10 finishes after making cut at 16 of them, and made a total of $5,443,841.
His mention-able performances include his second finish at the PGA Championship, two shots behind Brooks Koepka, the closest he came to winning his 15th career major and a T-2 finish at the Valspar Championship, in March last year.
Woods, a 10-time winner of the GWAA’s Player of the Year Award and past winner of the GWAA’s Charlie Bartlett Award for contributing to the betterment of society through charitable giving, will be honored April 10 at the GWAA’s 47th annual awards dinner in Augusta, Ga.