Curious comeback


Ballots began arriving this past week for PGA Tour Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year, the latter category a bit of a surprise to some.

Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson top the Player of the Year ballot, which are due back to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., before the end of the year, and Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Derek Lamely and Alex Prugh are on the Rookie of the Year ballot.

One player, however, was surprised to see the Comeback Player of the Year category on the ballots. At the year’s final meeting of the Player Advisory Council last month in Las Vegas most members of the 16-player group voted to shelve the award this year, like last season, because of a lack of candidates.

“At the Vegas PAC meeting it was decided that we wouldn’t have one,” said one member of the PAC. “I guess (Tour commissioner Tim Finchem) wanted it.”

A Tour official told that the Comeback trophy will be awarded on a “year to year” basis. Arjun Atwal, Stuart Appleby and Rocco Mediate are the nominees for this year’s award.