Awards
January 07, 2020

Brooks Koepka bests Rory McIlroy for GWAA Player of the Year

US PGA Championship - Day Four

US PGA Championship - Day Four

FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 19: Brooks Koepka of the United States celebrates winning on the 18th green during the final round of the US PGA Championship at Bethpage Black Golf Course on May 19, 2019 in Farmingdale, United States. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Photo by: Warren Little/Getty Images

Warren Little/Getty Images

For the first time in 28 years, golf’s two premier Player of the Year awards were split, Brooks Koepka earning the PGA of America's honors while Rory McIlroy captured the PGA Tour's title. On Tuesday, the Golf Writers Association of America settled the matter.

For the second straight year, Koepka won the GWAA's Player of the Year, besting McIlroy with 44 percent of the vote to 36.

"I am extremely humbled to receive this award for a second year in a row,” Koepka said. “The GWAA does so much for the game we all love, so to be their Player of the Year again is a real honor.’’

Koepka added his fourth major victory at the PGA Championship in May, building a seven-shot lead to hold off a surging Dustin Johnson at Bethpage Black. Koepka became the first player to defend both the PGA and the U.S. Open in a career, and joined Woods, Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen as the other players to defend two different majors. The win moved Koepka to No. 1 in the World Ranking, a spot he continues to hold.

Koepka added runner-up finishes at the Masters and U.S. Open, along with a T-4 at the Open Championship, joining Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Jordan Spieth as the only players to finish top four or better at every major in a calendar year. Koepka also notched wins at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational and C.J. Cup, and posted nine top-10s in 2019. He led the tour in official money and was fourth in scoring.

Tiger Woods, who won the 2019 Masters, finished third in voting.

Other GWAA winners announced on Tuesday were Jin Young Ko (Female POY) and Scott McCarron (Senior POY).


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