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Harrington earns PGA Player of the Year

By • Dec 10, 2008

THOUSAND OAKS, CA- It was no surprise to see Padraig Harrington voted PGA Player of the Year on Tuesday, after winning back to back British Opens and capturing the PGA Championship, he became the first European ever to win successive majors in the same season, firmly placing him in the record books.

Although Vijay Singh always gets the credit for being the hardest working man on tour, Harrington is not far behind, the positive thinking Irishman can often be seen spending countless hours on the driving range and practice putting green.

Harrington had won 11 times on the European Tour and twice on the PGA Tour before he won his first major title, and says “it has been a fantastic season out there, winning a couple of majors, at the time you win them you certainly feel that nothing could compare to it but to be honest, there is no greater accolade than to receive an award from your peers, because it’s the players, because they’re people that I care about and I am deeply concerned about their opinions, for them to choose me as their player of the year is very special, it compares equally to winning a major championship.”

In the other PGA Tour awards, Bernhard Langer was named Champions Tour Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, Brendan de Jonge won Nationwide Tour player of the year and Andres Romero was voted PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, with Dudley Hart being voted Comeback Player of the Year.

Ochoa named LPGA Player of the Year

MIAMI, FL- World number one Lorena Ochoa has been named the LPGA Tour Player of the Year for the third season in a row. Ochoa won seven titles in 2008, including her second successive major at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April. Ochoa began her 2008 season in record fashion, winning six titles in just nine events; she also went on to win the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average (68.58) on the LPGA Tour.

“Lorena has had yet another incredible season,” LPGA Commissioner Carolyn Bivens said in a statement.”

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Born in Durban, South Africa, Azor fell in love with the game a little late in life. He served an apprenticeship in the printing industry and then went into print sales. In the early nineties he moved to the United States with his wife Glynis, and their two sons Dave and Clint. In 1994 he and Glynis established "Electronic Pencil" a Graphic Design company. In 2004 they started a golf magazine; he currently enjoys writing for their publication and writing the editorial for Myrtle Beach Golfaway’s website. “Besides the challenge and fun factor, the camaraderie on the golf course is second to none, it’s a blessing to spend time with good people and play a great game in such tranquil settings,” says Azor.
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