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