Scoring average, money titles on the line at East Lake


ATLANTA – Although the Player of the Year award, and to a lesser degree the Rookie of the Year award, has received most of the focus this week at the PGA Tour’s season finale there are other post-season races to consider.

The Byron Nelson Award is given to the player with the lowest adjusted scoring average with at least 50 rounds. Currently, Jordan Spieth (68.98) has a slight lead over Jason Day (69.16) in adjusted scoring average, but that could change this week at East Lake.

Day can also overtake Spieth in the Arnold Palmer Award race, which is given to the season’s top money winner. Spieth leads Day by $1.37 million and the winner this week at the Tour Championship receives $1.48 million.

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Another intriguing vote could include the Courage Award, which replaced the Comeback Player of the Year Award and is given to the player who has “overcome extraordinary adversity to make a significant and meaningful contribution to the game of golf.”

Commissioner Tim Finchem and the four player directors on the policy board vote for the Courage Award, which wasn’t given last year, and there is a grassroots campaign for Steven Bowditch to be considered for the award this year.

Bowditch overcame clinical depression to earn his first trip to the Tour Championship this season and was selected for a spot on the International Presidents Cup team.