Writers name Spieth, Ko, Maggert Players of the Year


The calendar has already turned to January, but there's still time for Jordan Spieth to take home one more accolade after a magical season.

Spieth was named as the 2015 Male Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America. While Jason Day finished second, Spieth's win was nearly unanimous as he garnered 98 percent of the vote after a season that included five wins, two majors and the season-long FedEx Cup title.

"It's a great way to end a very special year," said Spieth, who was previously named Player of the Year by both the PGA Tour and the PGA of America.

In a much closer vote, Lydia Ko earned Female Player of the Year honors over Inbee Park after the 18-year-old Kiwi received 56 percent of the vote from the writers. Like Spieth, Ko won five times last year, including her maiden major victory at the Evian Championship and a successful defense of her Race to the CME Globe title.

"I'm so honored to receive this award from the GWAA and I appreciate the recognition from the many media who cover the LPGA," Ko said. "I am proud of what I accomplished in 2015 and I am working hard to continue achieving my goals this season."

Champions Tour Player of the Year honors went to Jeff Maggert, who received 70 percent of the vote. While Bernhard Langer won the season-long Charles Schwab Cup, Maggert's season featured four wins, including major triumphs at both the Regions Tradition and the U.S. Senior Open.

All three winners will be honored at the annual GWAA awards dinner on April 6 in Augusta, Ga.

"I'm looking forward to the dinner, especially if Jordan is there," Maggert said. "He's my little guy's (Jake's) idol. And my daughter (Madeleine) loves him, too. Maybe they can get an autograph."