For the second consecutive season, Brooks Koepka was appointed America’s PGA sportsman of the year. Despite the triumph of the Northern Irishman at the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Sunday, Koepka bested Rory McIlroy for the award. The pair are almost certainly going to be the two primary contestants for the year prize of the famous PGA Tour golfer that their colleagues vote on. The scoring scheme of America’s PGA saw Koepka ahead of McIlroy by a small fraction. Both players won three tournaments in 2019, but America’s PGA utilizes a scheme that awards winning points, playing average, and positioning on the season-long cash list that ended before the Tour Championship.
As well as winning the St Jude Invitational World Golf Championship and the CJ Cup, World Number One Koepka effectively defended his US PGA title in May. Under the formula of America’s PGA, these three wins gained more points than McIlroy’s Players Championship, Canadian Open, and Sunday’s Tour Championship victories. The American was also runner-up at the Masters and US Open and shared fourth position at the Open Championship, finishing eighth at the US PGA in 2018 with McIlroy’s highest significant result.
McIlroy, who earned £12.2m for his East Lake triumph, finished the PGA Tour season with the best stroke average of 69.05 with Koepka[69.4] in second and fifth place as Patrick Cantlay[69.31] and Webb Simpson[69.38]. Players are being balloted with an announcement anticipated in the coming weeks in the PGA Tour’s golfer of the year prize.
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