Monday, November 15

Jim Furyk Snags PGA Player of the Year Award

CONGRATULATIONS TO JIM FURYK for winning the PGA Player of the Year, an award given by the PGA of America. Furyk earned 60 points under the PGA’s points system. Matt Kuchar and Steve Stricker each collected 50 points. Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson tallied 46 and 42 points, respectively.

Furyk ended a three-year drought when he won the Transitions Championship in March. That was just the beginning for the 40-year-old. He went on to capture the Verizon Heritage in April and the season-ending Tour Championship, making it his first three-win season in 18 years on the PGA Tour. He also won the FedEx Cup and its $10 million payoff. It was a career year for Furyk, and the player of the year award caps it off.

Kuchar won the Vardon Trophy, which is given to the player who has the lowest adjusted scoring average and has played a minimum of 60 rounds. Kuchar had a 69.61 scoring average. Stricker was a close second at 69.66.

In 2009, Tiger Woods won both the PGA Player of the Year Award and Vardon Trophy.

Ben Hogan won the inaugural PGA Player of the Year Award in 1948. Harry Cooper was the first recipient of the Vardon Trophy (named for British great Harry Vardon) in 1937.

−The Armchair Golfer

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2 comments :

Dutch said...

Can't say Phil didn't have a chance,with the Tiger caged for now.....Furyk wins golfer of the Yr wow!

This was good a yr for Phil to spring to the top,there is no doubt that Woods will be back in that spot next yr.....At the JBWERE was the first time I saw that little goofy smile Tiger flashes when he does something increidible...the first time all yr I saw that expression from Woods just like when he was the undisputed # 1...that expression would imprint his face...He will be undisputed again in 2011.

The Armchair Golfer said...

With Tiger's troubles and Phil's lackluster year (except for the Masters), 2010 had the feel of a changing of the guard. It will be interesting to see how Tiger rises from the ashes and if Phil can still be a factor as the next generation of stars continue to mature.