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Rory McIlory has been voted as the 2019 Player of the Year on the PGA Tour
The recent result of the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year award has coughed up its fair share of controversy and rightfully so. The PGA Tour’s super secret players ballot going the way of one Rory McIlroy.
Now don’t get me wrong, Rory is one of the modern game’s greatest ambassadors - talented, likable and honest. Someone who’ll give any fan or reporter a moment of his time without question, good and bad days alike. He’s one of the golfing world’s “good guys”. Did the Ulsterman have a good year? Of course, he did! Four wins including the PLAYERS Championship, the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.
Did Brooks Koepka have a better one? Without a shadow of a doubt.
The greats of the game have always measured their successes by their Major championship track records. Jack’s 18 Majors is the gold standard for every pro that tees it up. Sam Snead might’ve racked up more Tour titles, but he’s certainly not considered the greatest player of all time. The late Snead sadly isn’t even in the conversation with his paltry seven Majors to Jack’s and Tiger’s 18 and 15 respectively.
With that in mind, let’s break down the seasons of our leading POY candidates - Koepka and McIlroy. Rory’s best finish was a tie for 8th at Pebble with one missed cut in his backyard Open in July. He hasn’t even lifted major hardware since the 2014 season.
The American Major machine however successfully defended his Wanamaker Trophy at Bethpage and bookended his Major season with a pair of runners-up finishes at Augusta and Pebble Beach with a tie for 4th at Portrush at The Open thrown in for good measure. Toss in another two wins and Brooks has had another terrific year between the ropes.
Yes, Rory may have banked more Benjamins than Brooks but there was only one clear choice for 2019’s Player of The Year.
Two amazing athletes, two awesome seasons. One botched vote and one unfair result. Brooks Koepka should have won this race in a landslide. Rory you know I love you, but you’re #NotMyPOY.