Title: The 'Major' Factor Voting for Player of the Year will reveal just how significant Tour pros think winning one of golf's four biggest events really is
Description: With the 2013 PGA Tour season coming to an end at the Tour Championship, the intriguing task of deciding who should claim the player-of-the-year award fell plainly into the hands of tour members with three realistic candidates to choose from. Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Tiger Woods. Woods' name will probably be called when the vote is revealed Sept. 27. It shouldn't. Mickelson should be the choice, in a photo-finish over Scott. The reason it should be Mickelson over the World No. 1 is simple: If you were to administer truth serum to Woods -- or to any player on tour -- and ask "Whose year would you most like to have had?" the answer would not be Woods'. Why? Essentially because he didn't win a major. Even though there is no mathematical formula that proves one major is equal to or greater than five regular tour wins, the simple fact is that it is. It's worth more financially because it guarantees endorsements and appearance fees for years to come. More important, it makes a player part of golf history. By the way, Ben Hogan's sole victory in 1950, his U.S. Open triumph at Merion, got him voted (by writers then) PGA Player of the Year over Sam Snead, who won 11 events but no major.