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2022 PGA Tour Participant of the 12 months: Rory McIlroy, Cameron Smith, Scottie Scheffler headline record of nominees

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The PGA Tour Participant of the 12 months and Rookie of the 12 months nominees have been introduced, and the contenders are precisely who you thought they’d be. Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler and Cam Smith headline the Participant of the 12 months race, whereas Sahith Theegala, Cameron Younger and Tom Kim are the Rookie of the 12 months candidates.

McIlroy, a three-time winner of this award, gained thrice on the PGA Tour this yr, together with a dramatic Tour Championship over Scheffler by which he pocketed $18 million for his efforts. McIlroy’s different two titles have been the CJ Cup in fall 2021 and the Canadian Open in summer season 2022. Whereas he gained a document $28 million for his on-course play (between event earnings, the FedEx Cup bonus and the Comcast Enterprise High 10), he didn’t have nearly as good of a yr as both Scheffler or Smith.

It was Smith who beat McIlroy at The Open Championship in July on the Outdated Course with a scintillating 64 within the last spherical. It bookended a exceptional season for the Australian, who has since moved on from the PGA Tour to the LIV Golf League. He added a Gamers Championship and a Event of Champions win to his assortment this yr and took residence almost $15 million within the course of.

It was Scheffler, although, who had the most effective season of all. His 4 wins have been all at tournaments that ranked within the prime 12 on the planet in energy of discipline in 2022 as he racked up victories on the Phoenix Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational, WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play and naturally the Masters, the place McIlroy completed runner-up and Smith completed T3.

“Scottie Scheffler goes to win the Participant of the 12 months,” mentioned McIlroy after beating him on the Tour Championship. “There is not any doubt about that. You recognize, it will have been becoming for him to finish his breakout season with a FedEx Cup title. I believe he … deserves this possibly greater than I deserve it. He performed an unbelievable season. He did not have his greatest stuff as we speak, and I performed effectively and took benefit of that.

“Scottie may have a lot extra possibilities to win FedEx Cups. Hell of a participant, hell of a competitor. Even higher individual. Love his household. Look, it is exhausting. You do not actually know what to say on the 18th inexperienced as a result of he is had such an awesome yr, however he’ll be again, and he is a nice participant, and I advised him this definitely is not the final time that we will have these battles on the golf course.”

Occasions

16

18

25

Wins

3

3

4

High 10s

10

7

11

Main wins

0

1

1

Main prime 10s

4

2

2

Official cash

$8.7M

$10.1M

$14.0M

Strokes gained

2.1 (1st)

1.4 (eleventh)

1.7 (fifth)

Every of the final three winners of the PGA Tour Participant of the 12 months award have doubled because the FedEx Cup and Tour Championship winner, a streak that may possible be damaged this yr when PGA Tour members vote on this award. Considerably humorously, Smith won’t even be eligible to vote for the award after making his debut for LIV Golf at its Boston occasion final weekend. Gamers eligible to vote are “PGA Tour members who performed in not less than 15 official FedEx Cup occasions throughout the 2021-22 season.”

As for the Rookie of the 12 months award, it is possible going to be nearer than as soon as suspected. Though Cam Younger — who himself had a flirtation interval with LIV Golf — asserted himself as the most effective rookie on the majors this yr, Tom Kim — who will virtually definitely play for the Worldwide Crew on the Presidents Cup on the finish of September — got here on sturdy and gained the Wyndham Championship to get into the FedEx Cup Playoffs on the finish of the yr.

Occasions

32

25

11

Wins

0

0

1

High 10s

5

7

3

Main wins

0

0

0

Main prime 10s

0

2

0

Official cash

$3.2M

$6.5M

$2.8M

Strokes gained

.34 (74th)

1.3 (fifteenth)

1.1 (N/A)

Voting will stay open till Friday, Sept. 9.



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