In recent years, end-of-season PGA Tour awards have always felt anti-climactic, with winners announced some two months after the conclusion to the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
That won’t be the case this year.
With the season-ending Tour Championship concluding on Sept. 22, award-winners are expected to be announced five days later, on Sept. 27, during the bye week preceding the Presidents Cup, a PGA Tour official confirmed on Wednesday.
These awards will once again include Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, though it’s still unknown if Comeback Player of the Year, which hasn’t been handed out since 2010, will be on the ballot for a third consecutive year.
In the past, PGA Tour members have been given a 30-day window to submit their ballots through the mail, but offering an ability to vote electronically is to be credited for the quicker turnaround this year.
“Ending everything at the same point in time has huge advantages for us, where we can give out the FedEx Cup, send the ballots out to the players to vote on Player of the Year a few hours later, announce that result within a number of days of that, or a week of that, identify the Arnold Palmer Award (money list) winner – all of that is going to happen for the first time ever at the same time,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said during the recent Deutsche Bank Championship. “So I think that in and of itself is exciting.”
With five victories, Tiger Woods is believed to be the leading candidate for Player of the Year, likely joined on the ballot by major champions Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson, each of who own multiple wins this season.
Jordan Spieth, who began the year with no status, but won the John Deere Classic and currently ranks 10th on the FedEx Cup standings, is the leading Rookie of the Year candidate. Fellow freshmen Russell Henley and Derek Ernst each won titles this year, as well.