Fowler in POY race with cup win? Fowler says no


ATLANTA – The Player of the Year voting is complicated enough without adding more uncertainty to already cloudy waters.

At least that was Rickie Fowler’s take when he was asked on Tuesday at East Lake if he could add his name to the balloting for the Jack Nicklaus Award with a big finish this week.

Fowler, who won the Deutsche Bank Championship three weeks ago to move into the top 5 on the FedEx Cup point list, was asked if a victory on Sunday for either himself or Rory McIlroy could lead to a third candidate in the POY voting.

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“I don’t think that that would change the vote really at all,” said Fowler, who can claim the FedEx Cup with a victory on Sunday. “I don’t think [McIlroy] or I are in the talk for Player of the Year right now. We have a tough decision between the two of those guys [Jordan Spieth and Jason Day].”

Voting for the Player of the Year award will be held next week and some players contend that if Day, who has won four of his last six starts, were to win the Tour Championship he should get the vote over Spieth, a four-time winner in 2015 including the year’s first two major championships.