Toronto, Canada – NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tiger Woods, who has taken an indefinite break from golf after being embroiled in a sex scandal, picked up another golfing honor on Friday when he was named PGA Tour Player of the Year.
Woods won the award, voted by his peers on the U.S. Tour, for the 10th time in 13 seasons, despite the recent tabloid revelations about his personal life.
The tour award came a day after Woods was voted Golfer of the Year by the Golf Writers of America, and follows a media storm surrounding a string of extra-marital affairs that culminated in Woods publicly admitting to being unfaithful to his wife.
Marc Leishman was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in the voting, becoming the first Australian to claim the award since it was first bestowed in 1990.
Woods, 33, won a tour-best six times in 17 starts with a total of 14 top-10 finishes after returning in February following a long lay-off from knee surgery.
Leishman, 26, posted three top-10 finishes in 2009, and finished tied for second at the BMW Championship in the third leg of the PGA Tour playoffs for the FedExCup.
(Writing by Larry Fine, Editing by Ian Ransom)