PGA Tour - Player and Rookie of The Year Awards

Player and Rookie of The Year Awards

PGA Tour players compete for two player of the year awards. The PGA Player of the Year award dates back to 1948 and is awarded by the PGA of America. Since 1982 the winner has been selected using a points system with points awarded for wins, money list position and scoring average. The PGA Tour Player of the Year award, also known as the Jack Nicklaus Trophy, is administered by the PGA Tour and was introduced in 1990; the recipient is selected by the tour players by ballot, although the results are not released other than to say who has won. More often than not the same player wins both awards; in fact, as seen in the table below, the PGA and PGA Tour Players of the Year have been the same every year from 1992 through 2011. The Rookie of the Year award was also introduced in 1990. Players are eligible in their first season of PGA Tour membership; several of the winners had a good deal of international success before their PGA Tour rookie season, and some have been in their thirties when they won the award.

Year PGA Player of the Year PGA Tour Player of the Year PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Comeback Player of the Year
2012 Rory McIlroy None
2011 Luke Donald Luke Donald Keegan Bradley None
2010 Jim Furyk Jim Furyk Rickie Fowler Stuart Appleby
2009 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Marc Leishman None
2008 Pádraig Harrington Pádraig Harrington Andrés Romero Dudley Hart
2007 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Brandt Snedeker Steve Stricker
2006 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Trevor Immelman Steve Stricker
2005 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Sean O'Hair Jay Haas
2004 Vijay Singh Vijay Singh Todd Hamilton John Daly
2003 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Ben Curtis Peter Jacobsen
2002 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Jonathan Byrd Gene Sauers
2001 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Charles Howell III Joe Durant
2000 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Michael Clark II Paul Azinger
1999 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Carlos Franco Steve Pate
1998 Mark O'Meara Mark O'Meara Steve Flesch Scott Verplank
1997 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Stewart Cink Bill Glasson
1996 Tom Lehman Tom Lehman Tiger Woods Steve Jones
1995 Greg Norman Greg Norman Woody Austin Bob Tway
1994 Nick Price Nick Price Ernie Els Hal Sutton
1993 Nick Price Nick Price Vijay Singh Howard Twitty
1992 Fred Couples Fred Couples Mark Carnevale John Cook
1991 Corey Pavin Fred Couples John Daly Bruce Fleisher, D. A. Weibring
1990 Nick Faldo Wayne Levi Robert Gamez -
Year PGA Player of the Year
1989 Tom Kite
1988 Curtis Strange
1987 Paul Azinger
1986 Bob Tway
1985 Lanny Wadkins
1984 Tom Watson
1983 Hal Sutton
1982 Tom Watson
1981 Bill Rogers
1980 Tom Watson
1979 Tom Watson
1978 Tom Watson
1977 Tom Watson
1976 Jack Nicklaus
1975 Jack Nicklaus
1974 Johnny Miller
1973 Jack Nicklaus
1972 Jack Nicklaus
1971 Lee Trevino
1970 Billy Casper
1969 Orville Moody
1968 No award
1967 Jack Nicklaus
1966 Billy Casper
1965 Dave Marr
1964 Ken Venturi
1963 Julius Boros
1962 Arnold Palmer
1961 Jerry Barber
1960 Arnold Palmer
1959 Art Wall, Jr.
1958 Dow Finsterwald
1957 Dick Mayer
1956 Jack Burke, Jr.
1955 Doug Ford
1954 Ed Furgol
1953 Ben Hogan
1952 Julius Boros
1951 Ben Hogan
1950 Ben Hogan
1949 Sam Snead
1948 Ben Hogan

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