Furyk named PGA player of the year

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THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Jim Furyk, the sixth-ranked golfer in the world, was named PGA Tour Player of the Year on Saturday.

"It's special to have your peers vote for you," said Furyk in a televised interview. "I had a great season, but you never know how (the vote) is going to wind up at the end.

"I feel honored with all the great players that are on that trophy that have had that honor before. I'm humbled by it. It's definitely exciting."

Tour commissioner Tim Finchem made the announcement after Furyk posted a one- under 71 in the third round of the Chevron World Challenge, where he is the defending champion.

Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar were among the other candidates.

Furyk, who was named Player of the Year for the first time in his career, compiled a remarkable 2010 season, clinching the $10 million FedEx Cup title for the first time with a win at the Tour Championship -- his third victory of the year.

Furyk was the only three-time winner on the PGA Tour this season and was already handed the PGA of America's Player of the Year award last week, beating Kuchar and Steve Stricker for that honor.

Along with his win at East Lake, Furyk also won the Transitions Championship and The Heritage.

"It's definitely not a huge surprise, but there's a lot of other guys that had great years," said Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion. "Matt Kuchar was probably the most consistent player this year and he won the Vardon Trophy. I was hoping it would work out well, but you never know."


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