Tour awards announcement expedited


THOUSAND OAKS, Calf. – Historically the PGA Tour’s season-ending awards are announced in late December, the byproduct of timing more than planning. This year thanks to the electronic expediency of the modern pro, however, the Tour was able to announce the awards earlier.

“Because of text and e-mails we really don’t need as much time,” Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said. “We get the same percentage of returns electronically as we used to get (via traditional mail).”

Historically the ballots for the Tour’s Player and Rookie of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year are mailed following the final regular-season event – this year it was the Children’s Miracle Network Classic Nov. 11-14 – and players have 30 days to vote. The process this year was expedited in order to maximize media exposure.

“We wanted to get the announcement on network TV and didn’t want to drag it into the holidays,” Finchem said.

The one award not doled out on Saturday at the Chevron World Challenge was the Comeback Player of the Year Award, which was initially tabled by the Players Advisory Council but later added to the ballet. Tour officials say the comeback award – which seems to be a contest between Rocco Mediate, Arjun Atwal and Stuart Appleby – will be announced by the middle of next week.