Rory McIlroy sure didn’t feel like the PGA Tour player of the year when he arrived at Kiawah Island for the final major of the year. He had missed three cuts, had not contended in a major and had only one win.
The last two months changed everything.
McIlroy was announced Tuesday as player of the year, and while the tour does not disclose the vote of its players, this was the equivalent of a tap-in. McIlroy wound up with four wins, including his eight-shot victory in the PGA Championship, and made a clean sweep of the biggest awards by winning the money title and having the lowest adjusted scoring average.
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Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods were among five players nominated Monday for the PGA Tour player of the year.
Players have until the end of the month to vote on the awards.
McIlroy is the clear favorite after leading the tour with four wins, including an eight-shot victory at the PGA Championship. He also won the Vardon Trophy and the money title.
Woods won three times. Also on the ballot are FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker, Masters champion Bubba Watson and Jason Dufner.
The five candidates for rookie of the year are John Huh, Jonas Blixt, Charlie Beljan, Ted Potter Jr.and Bud Cauley, the only rookie not to win this year.
There was a time in late spring/early summer when people thought Rory McIlroy’s game had abandoned him. In a span of five PGA Tour events, he missed three cuts and tied for 60th.
His best finish was a share of seventh at the FedEx St.Jude Classic. People worried that he was spending too much time with his girlfriend and not enough time playing golf.
McIlroy steadied himself with a share of fifth place at the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational. He then reminded everyone of how much talent he has.
The Northern Irishman went 11-under par over the final two rounds to cruise to an 8-stroke win over David Lynn at the PGA Championship. That was the largest margin of victory in tournament history.
After coughing up The Masters on the back nine in 2011, McIlroy has come back and won two of the next seven majors….