McIlroy wins US PGA Tour Player of the Year

12/4/2012 4:14:11 PM
Rory McIlroy   (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy (Getty Images)
The US PGA Tour has announced Rory McIlroy as their Player of the Year and John Huh as the Rookie of the Year, as voted on by the Tour’s membership for the 2012 season.

PGA Tour members who played in at least 15 official money events in 2012 were eligible to vote. The balloting process ended on November 30.

“On behalf of the US PGA Tour, my congratulations to Rory and John for their outstanding accomplishments this season,” said US PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. “These awards are significant to these players as they are bestowed upon them by their peers, one of highest compliments a player can receive.”

McIlroy, at 23 years of age, becomes the youngest player to earn US PGA Tour Player of the Year honours since Tiger Woods in 1998. He receives the Jack Nicklaus Award in recognition of being voted Player of the Year.

McIlroy won four times on the US PGA Tour in 2012, capturing The Honda Classic, PGA Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship. McIlroy’s eight-shot win at the PGA Championship was the largest in tournament history, breaking Nicklaus’ record of seven shots in 1980. With six career PGA Tour victories, McIlroy became the third player since 1960 to win six or more times before the age of 24, joining Woods (15) and Nicklaus (8).

He earned the Arnold Palmer Award as the Tour’s leading official money winner ($8,047,952) and was the runner-up in the FedExCup. He also was the winner of the Byron Nelson Award and Vardon Trophy for adjusted scoring average (68.87). McIlroy recorded a total of 10 top-10 finishes in 16 starts, tied for most on Tour with Bo Van Pelt.

Following his victory at The Honda Classic in March, McIlroy took over No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking and has held the top position for a total of 24 weeks (currently 17 consecutive) through December 3.

The Northern Ireland native is the third European to earn the Jack Nicklaus Award, joining England’s Luke Donald (2011) and Ireland’s Padraig Harrington (2008).

McIlroy was selected over Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods. Huh was the only rookie to qualify for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and just the fifth rookie to qualify for the TOUR Championship since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007. He was also the youngest player to qualify for the TOUR Championship since Sergio Garcia did so at the age of 21 in 2001.