LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – As expected the vote for the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year likely came down to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.
Luke Donald’s two-stroke victory pushed him past Webb Simpson on the year-ending money list and seemed to give the Englishman the edge in polling. The ballots are scheduled to be sent out this week to members and votes are due on Dec. 9.
“I didn’t think it was going to come down to this week but maybe it will,” said Simpson, who finished in the top 10 in seven of his last nine starts.
The final lines for both players is impressive, with Simpson posting two victories, as well as two playoff losses, and 12 top-10 finishes. He also finished tied for 14th and 16th at the U.S. Open and British Open, respectively.
Donald won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and the finale, had 14 top 10s and was tied for fourth and eighth at the Masters and PGA Championship, respectively. He may also receive some style points for climbing to the top of the World Golf Ranking in May and for becoming the first duel-member to win both the PGA Tour and European Tour money titles.
“When a guy wins both money lists and knows he has to win at Disney, shows up and lays a 64 in the final round he’s deserving of the No. 1 ranking and Player of the Year (Award),” Steve Flesch said. “That’s hard to ignore.”
PGA champion Keegan Bradley, Nick Watney, Steve Stricker and FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas are also expected to be on the POY ballots.