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Scottie Scheffler voted 2022 PGA Tour Player of the Year over Rory McIlroy after four-win season

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Well into the middle of the 2022 season, Scotty Scheffler was ecstatic. While that winning pace may have waned over the past couple of months, Scheffler ended his dream season on Saturday with the 2022 PGA Tour Player of the Year award. Scheffler, 26, was lauded by his peers – the award is voted on by other PGA Tour players – against Rory McIlroy and Cameron Smith after he scored four wins in what are among the world’s top 12 fielding tournaments.

Scheffler started off with victories at the Phoenix Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational and WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play before taking his first major championship win of his career at the Masters. Winning four tournaments in six starts, Scheffler became the best golfer in the world and finished the season earning more money on the PGA Tour than any other golfer in history ($14.05 million). Among other earnings, he also received $5.75 million in FedEx Cup bonus funds and $4 million from the Comcast Business Tour Top 10 for a total of $24.8 million this season.

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With 89% of the vote over McIlroy and Smith, his award was announced on ESPN’s “College GameDay” Saturday. Scheffler, a former golfer from Texas, was honored prior to the Longhorns Week 2 college football game against No. 1 Alabama.

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McIlroy, a three-time winner of the award, was also a three-time PGA Tour winner this season, taking victories at the CJ Cup last fall and then at the RBC Canadian Open in June in a dramatic fashion. to end the season at the Tour Championship, where he edged out Scheffler for $18 million. This latest big-money tournament victory seemed like the culmination of McIlroy’s incredible season in which he finished in the top 8 at all four major tournaments, including the Masters (2nd), PGA Championship (8th), US Open (T5) and Open Championship (3rd place). He finished the year with another $28 million in his bank account from tournament earnings, FedEx Cup bonuses, and Comcast Business Top 10 payouts.

“Scotty Sheffler will be Player of the Year,” McIlroy said after defeating him at the Tour Championship. “There is no doubt about that. You know, it would be fitting for him to end his breakout season with a FedEx Cup title. I think he… deserves it, maybe more than me. He had an incredible season. he didn’t have his best stuff today and I played well and took advantage of that.

“Scotty will have a much better chance of winning FedEx Cups. Damn good player, damn competitive. An even better person. Love your family. It’s been such a great year, but he’s coming back and he’s a great player, and I told him that this certainly won’t be the last time we’re going to have these battles on the golf course.”

It was Smith who ultimately won that Open, overcoming a four-shot deficit after 54 holes, hitting a brilliant 64 shots in the final 18 at St. Andrews, beating McIlroy in the process. Smith also won the Players Championship and the Tournament of Champions, securing a T3 finish at the Masters along the way. However, we won’t see him on the PGA Tour next season as he turned his Open win into a big deal with LIV Golf.

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Each of the previous three PGA Tour Player of the Year winners has won the FedEx Cup and Tour Championship twice, and that streak has come to an end. Scheffler, however, has reached a new milestone by becoming the first golfer to win Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year (2019), PGA Tour Rookie of the Year (2020) and PGA Tour Player of the Year awards since the awards were first established in 1990.

“On behalf of the PGA Tour, congratulations to Scotty on his remarkable season and his unprecedented accomplishments,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan. “Undoubtedly, one of the highest compliments a player can receive is the approval of his peers and the fact that Scotty’s season has been both dominant and consistent speaks volumes for the team members. And it’s nice to see him develop on the field. over the past few years, we are equally grateful to Scotty for taking on the role of an ambassador for the PGA Tour and the game of golf. With young stars like Scotty at the forefront, the PGA Tour is in good hands for years to come. .”


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