But I digress (as usual). Let’s fill part of golf’s three month hiatus by handing out some awards. To the best of my knowledge, the PGA Tour officially recognizes players in three different categories - Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year. Pretty vanilla stuff even by PGA Tour standards. (Next week we’ll hand out the FGR awards for achievements like “Biggest Meltdown”, “Most Disappointing Season” and “Worst Shot by a Player Not Named Mickelson”). This week, however, we’ll stick to the basics. And the winners are:
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Simpson: Won a playoff event and is currently second on the money list but he gagged away the FedEx Cup at the Tour Championship.
Watney: Won a World Golf event and the AT&T National but did not have a top 10 in a major and fizzled in the playoffs.
Stricker: Won the Memorial and finished in the top 20 in every major but also fizzled in the playoffs and didn’t finish higher than 11th in a major.
Bradley: Won a major and beat a pretty strong field at the Byron Nelson but also missed 10 out of 28 cuts and only finished in the top 10 four times.
I think when the applications are this weak, you have to give it to the guy who showed-up when it mattered most which was Bradley at the PGA Championship. So we’re giving Player of the Year to an unheralded rookie who played well in four out of twenty-eight tournaments. Tim Finchem will say it’s part of the youth movement. At least he’ll be right about the movement part though “youth” isn’t the word I’d put in front of it.
Rookie of the Year: Keegan Bradley. That was easy and because he is such a slam dunk for this award, they’ll probably give player of the year to Watney or Simpson. Charl Schwartzel is also eligible for rookie of the year which makes sense considering he’s played in 20 majors as a pro since 2003. If only there was a way to close that complex loophole like making a rule that your rookie season is the first year you play in a PGA event or a major as a professional. Hmmm. How could we do that? Hey I know. Make that the freakin’ rule!