Howell, 22, earned his way onto the tour for 2002 after having played the 01 season with no official status. He competed in 24 events which saw him make 20 cuts, record five top-10 finishes and nearly win a playoff duel against Shigeki Maruyama at the Greater Milwaukee Open. In all, he earned $1,520,632 for the season, which, had he been a full-time member, would have seen him finish 33rd on the money list.
While Howell did not get a win in his first year on tour, Gilder cashed in two on the Senior slate. He ended No. 8 on the money list with $1,684,986, and beat out Bruce Lietzke, Sammy Rachels and Bobby Wadkins for the first-year honor.
Meanwhile, Joe Durant earned the PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year award for 01, after the 37-year-old won twice at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and the Genuity Championship.
John Schroeder took Comeback Player of the Year honors for the Senior Tour. The 56-year-old took his first win in 27 years in 01, when he triumphed at the NFL Golf Classic in June.
The four golfers will join Players of the Year Tiger Woods, Allen Doyle and Chad Campbell on Jan. 30 in the Tours Annual Awards Ceremony during the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
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