Scottie Scheffler remained the PGA Tour Player of the Year after his peers voted for him ahead of Jon Rahm. Top-ranked Scheffler got 38 percent of the votes from players who played at least 15 FedEx Cup tournaments during the 2022-2023 season.
According to bookie pay per head experts, Scheffler is the fourth golfer to earn the Jack Nicklaus Awards for two consecutive seasons. Also, it was the first since Tiger Woods won the award for three straight years in 2007.
In 23 tournaments, the American never missed a cut and won two PGA Tour events (The Players Championship and the WM Phoenix Open). Also, he averaged the tour’s lowest scoring average (68.63).
According to pay per head sportsbook experts, Scheffler had a mixed bag this year, with many solid performances but no major championship success (he lost the Ryder Cup to Team USA in October). Also, he failed to defend his 2022 Masters title.
PGA Tour Player of the Year
These setbacks sharply contrasted with Rahm, ranked third in the world. Also, he won his second major tournament in April at Augusta National and played a crucial part in Europe’s 16.5-11.5 victory in Rome.
Before his announcement in December about his move to LIV Golf, the Spaniard won four times in twenty PGA Tour tournaments in the first quarter of 2023 and finished in the Top Ten ten times.
According to sports news reports, Rahm will have a share in a new LIV Golf team as part of a three-year, $300 million agreement. Scheffler said he “did not focus too much on the past or the future” when asked if he preferred Rahm’s year.
In addition to Rahm and Scheffler, the other nominees for Player of the Year include Viktor Hovland, Wyndham Clark, Rory McIlroy, and the 2023 US Open winner. After finishing in the top ten seven times in his rookie season on the PGA Tour and finishing in second place twice, 35-year-old Eric Cole was voted the Arnold Palmer Award’s Rookie of the Year.
After starting 2023 rated 383rd, the American now starts the new year ranked 43rd globally. Also, Cole became the second-oldest player to capture Rookie of the Year after Todd Hamilton. The latter won the award at 39 years old.