Stars compete for the Player of the Year honor

Usually, this decision isn't overwhelmingly difficult. The PGA Tour advisory board, a compilation of PGA Tour stars and executives, may sit down and consider names to place on the "Player of the Year" Ballot, but with full knowledge that only one man has a chance to win.

Because of the absence of Tiger Woods this season coupled with dominant performances by Europe's Padraig Harrington (pictured left), this decision has become much more difficult for those casting a ballot. reports: "During a break in a recent meeting, PGA Tour executives were asked their choice for player of the year. Half of them chose Padraig Harrington. The other half raised their hands for Tiger Woods."

Tiger's season was, obviously, highlighted by a U.S. Open victory culimating in a playoff against the veteran Rocco Mediate. Following that performance, Woods was forced to undergo surgery that would certainly end his 2008 season.

On the other hand, Padraig Harrington, who captured his first major title in 2007 at the Open Championship, rose to the occasion after Tiger's injury. Without the biggest threat in the field, Harrington captured the final two majors of the season: the Open Championship and the PGA Championship.

However, the award, given since 1990, has never been denied to a player who won multiple major championships in one season.

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