Who Is The Player Of The Year?
By mustang6560 on 9/30/11
For all intents and purposes, the PGA Tour season is over, which means one thing--it's time to speculate on who should be awarded the title of Player of the Year. The four leading candidates are world number one Luke Donald, Webb Simpson, PGA Champion Keegan Bradley and FedExCup winner Bill Haas.
Before I tell you who I think earned the title, let's take a closer look at each player.
So there you have it. A breakdown of who the leading candidates are and their resume. To me, I agree with Jeff Rude that it's a no brainer decision--the Player of the Year is Luke Donald. Besides the fact I got to meet him at the Country Club of the South less than two weeks ago, he's played lights out in 2011. Yes, the fact he does have a major under his belt is a knock against him. But if you compare the year he's having there is nobody even close to him.
If Luke doesn't win, I'll be surprised.
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i would think this is a tough decision...i would rule out bill because one hot tournament at the right time is not enough...and keegan because although he won twice, he doesn't appear to be as consistent as luke and webb...
i think luke is a no brainer as the world player of the year, but i think webb would need to be discussed for pga tour player of the year for his consistency...
A better question... who cares?
I'd give it to Webb, if not Luuuuuke. Give Rookie of the Year to Bradley. Not POY.
I say give it to Tiger. He STILL produced more money (and pageviews) for the Tour and all of its players than anyone else! You could make a legitimate and fair case.
Remember 2008? Harrington won POY hands down over Tiger Woods, whose 2008 was one only of the most mind-boggling sensational seasons in the history of golf. Harrington had two major titles in an otherwise crappy campaign but it was enough to trump Woods's US Open, WGC matchplay, Bay Hill and Torrey Pines wins, a runner-up at the Masters--four wins in six starts. It seems that major titles are the be-all end-all of golf achievement and I recall Harrington winning the award hands down so by that same criteria, Keegan Bradley is your POY if we're going to be consistent about things.
Luke needs a major if he wants to be taken seriously. But he got my nod for POY.
anybody but webb simpson
I was going to say Luke until I realized how short he is standing next to you. I agree with Andrew, Tiger is still the only truly relevant player on tour.
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