The Golfer of the Year – an award Ballesteros won on three occasions in 1986, ‘88 and ‘91 – is voted for by the golf media. He beat off competition from Rose, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton and Rookie of the Year Jon Rahm...
Tiger Woods Wins Player of the Year Award
World number one Tiger Woods has been named PGA Tour Player of the Year for a record 11th time, having enjoyed a very good run on the PGA Tour with five victories from the 16 events in which he started.
Woods did not manage to win any majors this year, so his tally remains at 14. However, his good form was enough to convince those judging that he was deserving of the coveted Player of the Year award.
Woods’ wins came at the Farmers Insurance Open, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the WGC-Cadillac Championship, Players Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Jordan Spieth clinched the PGA Rookie of the Year award.
The 20-year-old American capped a very promising season which saw him win the Deere Classic in July and amass a near fortune of $4million in earnings.
Spieth also became the first player since Woods in 1996 to begin the season with no status on any tour and advance all the way to the Tour Championship.
Tiger Woods said of his record PotY victory: "I had a number of chances to win some tournaments. I won five, which is, I think, a pretty good year. I've done that a few times over the course of my career.
"I wish I would have been a little more consistent in some of the events, but overall, at the end of the day, to add to the win total for the year, it's always a good thing."
The PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement: "Tiger's five wins came against some of the strongest fields in golf including the Players and two World Golf Championships while Jordan's rookie season was historic in terms of his accomplishments for a player just 20 years old.
"The member vote reflects the respect their peers have for both players."