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December 18, 2008

Tiger: I voted for Paddy for player of year

Posted at 1:46 PM by Mike Walker | Categories: Padraig Harrington, Tiger Woods

"Padraig Harrington or Tiger Woods for player of year?" has been a decent 19th-hole argument for golf fans, weighing Tiger's early season dominance, 2nd place at the Masters and U.S. Open win for the ages against Padraig's British Open and PGA Championship victories.

Consider the question resolved. Harrington won the players' vote, the writers' vote, and, most importantly, Tiger Woods's vote.

"I did actually [vote for Harrington]," Woods said Wednesday at his Chevron World Challenge tournament in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Woods's vote is especially significant because he has voted for himself for the honor in the past. (For the record, Harrington said he abstained this year.) Woods's reasoning is the same as most people's: Harrington won two majors. And the World No. 1 was obviously impressed with how Harrington did it.

"It was nice to see Paddy play as well as he has," Woods said. "It was just a matter of -- as I said, a matter of time. The confidence you get from winning one, and then two just proves it to you that one wasn't a fluke, and it gives you all that confidence in the world. And look how he did it; he shot 32 on the back nine on both of them.

"He got it done the right way. He went out and earned it," Woods said.

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