Who is the PGA Tour's Player of the Year?

Alex Myers discusses the strong cases for both Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy.

Released on 8/26/2019

Transcript

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So Rory McIlroy won the TOUR championship
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and that meaty 15 million dollar FedEx Cup prize.
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And suddenly, people are saying that we have
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a PGA TOUR Player of the Year debate on our hands.
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Yes!
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Embrace debate, everybody.
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But that's crazy talk after the historic
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major championship performance
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Brooks Koepka put on this year.
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Koepka is clearly the Player of the Year.
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It's not even close.
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Hang on.
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Are all the golf purists out of ear shot?
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Shhhhhh.
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It's kinda close.
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Sure McIlroy didn't play his best
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at the four biggest tournaments.
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But he matched Brooks's three wins
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while playing more great golf throughout the season
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than anyone on the planet.
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And he certainly showed up
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for the two most lucrative events,
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winning both the PLAYERS Championship
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and the TOUR Championship.
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In fact, here's a look at Rory's new ride.
00:47
It's not great on gas mileage,
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but it's a head-turner,
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much like McIlroy's season stats.
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He won the Vardon Trophy
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for the tour's best scoring average,
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and posted the fourth best strokes gained average
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since the stat was created in 2004.
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Not surprisingly, Tiger holds the top three spots.
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By the way, rest that back for next season, big guy.
01:06
And then there's the fact that McIlroy edged Koepka
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in average official world golf ranking points
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earned for the season, and had 14 top 10s in 19 starts,
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while Koepka played in two more events
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and had five fewer top 10's.
01:20
Hmm...
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Of course, that's due in part because
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Brooks takes regular tour events about as seriously
01:27
as John Daly takes going to the gym.
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In the four majors, Brooks had a win,
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two runner-ups, and a tie for fourth.
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And he beat Rory at all four, pretty handily.
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Hmm...
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Maybe we should settle this with shirtless photos?
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Damn!
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Still a tough call between these four-time major champs.
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No dad bods here.
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But seriously,
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I'm going with Brooks for Player of the Year.
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And I'm guessing Rory won't mind too much.
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After all, 15 million can buy you a lot of ...
01:58
Well ...
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Whatever the heck you want.
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[funky beat music ends]
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