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

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Long past the midpoint of the 2022 season, Scottie Scheffler was on an absolute heat. While that winning tempo may have slowed over the past two months, Scheffler capped off a dream season on Saturday by winning the 2022 PGA Tour Player of the Year award. Scheffler, 26, was given the nod from his peers – the award is voted on by fellow PGA Tour players – against Rory McIlroy and Cameron Smith after scoring four wins in tournaments ranked among the top 12 in the world by field strength.

Scheffler started with victories at the Phoenix Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational and WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play before picking up his first career major championship win at the Masters. Winning four tournaments from six starts, Scheffler became the highest-ranked golfer in the world and finished the season with more PGA Tour money earned in a single season than any golfer in history (14, 05 million dollars). Among other earnings, he also scooped up $5.75 million in FedEx Cup bonus funds and $4 million from the Comcast Business Tour Top 10 to capture a grand total of $24.8 million this season.

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

McIlroy, a three-time winner of this award, has also been a three-time winner on the PGA Tour this season with his victories at the CJ Cup last fall, then over the summer at the RBC Canadian Open in June and spectacular way. to conclude the season at the Tour Championship where he beat Scheffler to pocket $18 million. That final win in a big-money event was the culmination of McIlroy’s incredible season, one in which he finished in the top eight in all four majors, including the Masters (2nd) , the PGA Championship (8th), the US Open (T5) and Open Championship (3rd). He ended the year with $28 million more in his bank account between tournament winnings, FedEx Cup bonuses and the Comcast Business Top 10 payout.

“Scottie Scheffler is going to win Player of the Year,” McIlroy said after beating him at the Tour Championship. “There’s no doubt about it. You know, it would have been fitting for him to end his breakout season with a FedEx Cup title. I think he… maybe deserves it more than I deserve. He played an incredible season. He didn’t have his best equipment today, I played well and enjoyed it.

“Scottie will have a much better chance of winning FedEx Cups. One hell of a player, one hell of a competitor. An even better person. I love his family. Listen, it’s tough. You don’t really know what to say on the 18th green because he’s had such a great year, but he’s coming back, and he’s a great player, and I told him that’s definitely not the last time we’re going to have these battles on the golf course .”

It was Smith who ultimately won this Open by overcoming a four-stroke deficit after 54 holes by posting a scintillating 64 of the last 18 at St. Andrews, leapfrogging McIlroy in the process. Smith also won the Players Championship and a Tournament of Champions event, posting 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.

Events

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Won

4

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Top 10

11

ten

seven

Major wins

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Top 10 major

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4

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Official money

$14.1M

$8.7M

$10.1M

Strokes gained

1.7 (5th)

2.1 (1st)

1.4 (11th)

Each of the three previous PGA Tour Player of the Year winners has doubled as FedEx Cup and Tour Championship winners, a streak that is now over. Scheffler, however, hit another milestone as 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. Year since the awards were established in 1990.

“On behalf of the PGA Tour, congratulations to Scottie on a remarkable season and unprecedented accomplishments,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan. “Without a doubt, one of the greatest compliments a player can receive is the approval of his peers, and the fact that Scottie’s season was both dominant and consistent says a lot about the members. And as rewarding as it has been to see his development on the course. Over the past few years, we are also grateful that Scottie has taken on the role of ambassador for the PGA Tour and the game. With young stars like Scottie in the lead, the PGA Tour is in good hands for many years to come. .”

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