McIlroy named PGA Tour player of the year

Shackelford Rory McIlroy's POY award raises unfortunate questions	
				Streeter Lecka Getty Images

Shackelford Rory McIlroy's POY award raises unfortunate questions Streeter Lecka Getty Images

After playing exclusively in the United States until July, skipping the Irish Open at Lahinch, McIlroy racked up 14 top-10 finishes in the U.S. and vowed to repeat his US-based schedule in 2020 before admitting that with a May 28-31 date likely for the Irish Open in 2020, he'd "definitely" play if such a move is confirmed.

On Wednesday, the Golden Bear himself delivered the news to a visibly stunned McIlroy, who has won the award twice before (2012, 2014). Having covered multiple Players Championships at TPC Sawgrass, I can say that almost every top player prepares for it just like a major championship.

The rest of the year made up for it. Or maybe McIlroy did not want to admit he voted for Koepka, just what you'd expect from a player growing increasingly humble and grounded despite a swollen bank account and a hard-earned knack for hitting 340-yard drives.

The FedExCup champion was voted by his peers the 2019 PGA Tour Player of the Year, the tour announced on Wednesday.

Koepka, who two weeks ago was named PGA of America Player of the Year, was considered the front-runner for the award after finishing in the top-five at all four majors, including at the PGA Championship where he picked up his fourth major title.

Perhaps it tells us that PGA Tour pros consider a win at the Players Championship equal in weight to a win at a major.

I'm guessing eyes rolled when Monahan introduced McIlroy on the call by labeling those "landmark victories" in another example of the tour's desperation to elevate events needing no artificial elevating.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up a putt during the final round the final round of the European Masters golf tournament in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Sunday, September 1, 2019. He won the PGA Championship, joining Tiger Woods as the only back-to-back winners since the PGA switched to stroke play in 1958.

No. Not even McIlroy expected McIlroy to beat out Koepka for the honor.

DeChambeau said he planned to play four tournaments before the Presidents Cup and will be hoping for the same kind of early-season success he had previous year when he won his first tournament of the campaign at TPC Summerlin last November. His 21st and final PGA Tour victory came in Greensboro's Wyndham Championship in Greensboro in 2015, his third win at that tournament over a 23-year span. Players just don't feel only four weeks are important.

Sungjae Im of South Korea was voted PGA Tour rookie of the year. Only Woods (12 in 2000) had more in majors in a single season.

Notícias recomendadas

  • Buttler strikes back against Australia after England collapse

    Buttler strikes back against Australia after England collapse

    Australia has already retained the urn after winning the fourth test at Old Trafford last week to take a 2-1 lead in the series. It was his first Test half-century of the summer and helped keep England's hopes of salvaging a 2-2 draw alive.
    'Lovers of Modena' skeletons holding hands were both men

    'Lovers of Modena' skeletons holding hands were both men

    The details of the study were published Wednesday in Scientific Reports , an academic journal published by the Nature Group . But in every case, current research suggests that the couples are male and female.
    Google Photos adds 'stories'-like private archive - ET BrandEquity

    Google Photos adds 'stories'-like private archive - ET BrandEquity

    Google used the example of trying to find a photo of a carrot cake recipe and literally just searching for words in the recipe. The focus here seems to be on surprising and delighting you with only certain memories, maybe even some you'd forgotten about.
  • Trump visiting Baltimore for first time since disparaging it

    Trump visiting Baltimore for first time since disparaging it

    He accused the Republican party of following a "pro-white" agenda and using black people as "political pawns". He has run for Congress five times in the state's 1st District, which is now represented by Republican Rep.
    UK Labour’s Corbyn: A no-deal Brexit is a 'Trump-deal Brexit'

    UK Labour’s Corbyn: A no-deal Brexit is a 'Trump-deal Brexit'

    The aim is try to see off the threat from a "Remain alliance" of opposition parties who oppose Brexit and could depose the Tories. Labour's manifesto will promise a referendum on Brexit, with a choice between Remain and a renegotiated Withdrawal Agreement.
    8 former Seahawks among modern era nominees for HOF

    8 former Seahawks among modern era nominees for HOF

    Those selected will be formally inducted with ceremonies taking place between August 6-9 and September 16-19 of 2020. The selection committee for this year's class includes football historians, current voters and Hall of Famers.
  • Ohtani to have season-ending surgery on kneecap

    Ohtani to have season-ending surgery on kneecap

    The procedure will focus on Ohtani's bipartite patella, and it will keep Ohtani on the mend for roughly eight to twelve weeks. Contributing as a designated hitter, which he will do on the days he does not start, is not a concern.
    Sheryl Crow Clarifies Her Comment About Taylor Swift's Masters

    Sheryl Crow Clarifies Her Comment About Taylor Swift's Masters

    Crow isn't the only artist who has spoken out about Swift's very public feud and decision to re-record her masters. Crow released her first record through Big Machine Records , Threads, which was released on August 30.
    Trump administration backs dirtier water; Arkansas Republicans will cheer

    Trump administration backs dirtier water; Arkansas Republicans will cheer

    The executive order followed the legal view of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, which was not adopted by the Supreme Court.
  • This New Samsung App Streams PC Games To Your Phone

    This New Samsung App Streams PC Games To Your Phone

    The potential users of the Samsung Galaxy A30s & A50s have to say goodbye to the conventional fingerprint scanner. Both the A series Galaxy devices also have a glossy pattern and will be available both online and offline.
    Bob Baffert: Justify's positive test came from contaminated food

    Bob Baffert: Justify's positive test came from contaminated food

    Upon notification of the positive test result, Robertson told the board to deal with him and not Baffert from that point forward. Baffert trained the only two Triple Crown winners in the past three decades: Justify in 2018 and American Pharoah in 2015.
    Democratic candidates debate fixes for USA  education

    Democratic candidates debate fixes for USA education

    Meanwhile, Trump noted he'd be in Baltimore at a Republican retreat during the debate and wasn't sure he'd get a chance to watch. In an emotional moment, O'Rourke said that there weren't enough ambulances at times to take all the wounded to the hospital.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.