Vote for Best Player Will Illustrate What Matters

Rory McIlroy

By DOUG FERGUSON, Associated Press

ATLANTA, Georgia — Ballots have been sent to PGA Tour players, who will have the final word on who had the best season.

Of lesser interest is who gets voted rookie of the year.

In both cases, it could illustrate the differences between how the PGA Tour and its players view what matters.

In the last 20 years, 15 players who won the money title were also voted player of the year. Of the five who didn’t win the money title, three had won two majors that year (Mark O’Meara in 1998, Padraig Harrington in 2008, Koepka in 2018). Another was Jim Furyk, who won three times and the FedEx Cup in 2010 and finished about US$100,000 short of Matt Kuchar on the money list. The other was Woods, second to Vijay Singh on the money list with one more victory in nine fewer tournaments.

What means more to the voting players? Getting to East Lake or hoisting a trophy?

Voting ends on September 6.

The PGA Tour historically does not release the outcome, preferring to keep the emphasis on who wins instead of who doesn’t.

Just as well.

This is one time the tour might want to keep the vote private.

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