Scottie Scheffler voted 2022 PGA Tour Participant of the Yr over Rory McIlroy after four-win season

September 10, 2022

Effectively previous the halfway level of the 2022 season, Scottie Scheffler was on an absolute heater. Whereas that victory tempo might have cooled over the ultimate couple months, Scheffler capped a dream season Saturday by capturing the 2022 PGA Tour Participant of the Yr award. Scheffler, 26, acquired the nod from his friends — the award is voted on by different PGA Tour gamers — over Rory McIlroy and Cameron Smith after not solely selecting up 4 wins however nabbing them at tournaments that ranked among the many high 12 worldwide in power of subject.

Scheffler opened with wins on the Phoenix Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational and WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play earlier than reaching his first profession main championship on the Masters. In profitable 4 tournaments throughout six begins, Scheffler turned the top-ranked golfer on the planet and ended the season with more cash earned on the PGA Tour throughout a single season than any golfer in historical past ($14.05 million). Amongst different earnings, he additionally picked up $5.75 million in FedEx Cup bonus funds and $4 million from the Comcast Enterprise Tour Prime 10 to seize a grand whole of $24.8 million this season.

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Receiving 89% of the votes over McIlroy and Smith, his award was introduced Saturday on ESPN’s “Faculty GameDay.” Scheffler, a former golfer at Texas, was honored forward of the Longhorns’ Week 2 school soccer sport towards No. 1 Alabama.

McIlroy, a three-time winner of this award, was additionally a three-time winner on the PGA Tour this season together with his victories coming on the CJ Cup final fall after which over the summer season on the RBC Canadian Open in June and in dramatic trend to conclude the season on the Tour Championship the place he topped Scheffler to pocket $18 million. That ultimate win at a huge-money occasion felt like a end result of McIlroy’s unbelievable season, one through which he posted top-eight finishes in any respect 4 majors together with the Masters (2nd), PGA Championship (eighth), U.S. Open (T5) and Open Championship (third). He ended the 12 months with $28 million extra in his checking account between match earnings, FedEx Cup bonuses and the Comcast Enterprise Prime 10 payout.

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“Scottie Scheffler goes to win the Participant of the Yr,” stated McIlroy after beating him on the Tour Championship. “There is not any doubt about that. You understand, it might have been becoming for him to finish his breakout season with a FedEx Cup title. I believe he … deserves this possibly greater than I deserve it. He performed an unbelievable season. He did not have his finest stuff in the present day, and I performed nicely and took benefit of that.

“Scottie may have loads extra probabilities to win FedEx Cups. Hell of a participant, hell of a competitor. Even higher individual. Love his household. Look, it is onerous. You do not actually know what to say on the 18th inexperienced as a result of he is had such an excellent 12 months, however he’ll be again, and he is an excellent participant, and I informed him this definitely is not the final time that we’ll have these battles on the golf course.”

It was Smith who in the end gained that Open by overcoming a four-shot deficit after 54 holes by posting a scintillating 64 throughout the ultimate 18 at St. Andrews, leaping McIlroy within the course of. Smith additionally gained the Gamers Championship and a Event of Champions occasion, posting a T3 end on the Masters alongside the way in which. Nevertheless, we can’t see him on the PGA Tour subsequent season as he parlayed his Open victory right into a big-money contract with LIV Golf.

Occasions

25

16

18

Wins

4

3

3

Prime 10s

11

10

7

Main wins

1

0

1

Main high 10s

1

4

2

Official cash

$14.1M

$8.7M

$10.1M

Strokes gained

1.7 (fifth)

2.1 (1st)

1.4 (eleventh)

Every of the prior three PGA Tour Participant of the Yr winners doubled because the FedEx Cup and Tour Championship winner, a streak that has now come to an finish. Scheffler, nonetheless, reached a brand new milestone as being the primary golfer to win Participant of the Yr on the Korn Ferry Tour (2019), PGA Tour Rookie of the Yr (2020) and PGA Tour Participant of the Yr for the reason that awards had been first established in 1990.

“On behalf of the PGA Tour, congratulations to Scottie on his outstanding season and his unprecedented achievements,” stated PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan. “Undoubtably, one of many highest compliments a participant can obtain is the endorsement from his friends, and the truth that Scottie’s season was each dominant and constant spoke volumes to the membership. And as gratifying because it has been to see his improvement on the course over the past a number of years, we’re equally grateful that Scottie has embraced the function as an envoy of the PGA Tour and the sport of golf. With younger stars like Scottie main the way in which, the PGA Tour is in nice fingers for a few years to come back.”