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PGA Tour Players of the Year

 

The Player of the Year award for golfers on the PGA Tour is actually handed out twice, by two different organizations: the PGA Tour itself, plus the PGA of America.

The PGA of America's Player of the Year award is based on a points system, and has been around since 1948. The PGA Tour's Player of the Year award was introduced in 1990, and is based on a vote by the players themselves. Because the PGA of America's award is much older, for many years - even after the PGA Tour's own award came along - the PGA's was considered more prestigious. That is no longer the case, with most attention being giving to the PGA Tour's version of award.

Having said that, it rarely matters whether one is considered more prestigious than the other, since the two awards have gone to the same winner in every year from 1992 forward.

Here are the PGA Tour golfers who have won Player of the Year awards:

 
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996
1995
1994
1993
1992
1991
1990
1989
1988
1987
1986
1985
1984
1983
1982
1981
1980
1979
1978
1977
1976
1975
1974
1973
1972
1971
1970
1969
1968
1967
1966
1965
1964
1963
1962
1961
1960
1959
1958
1957
1956
1955
1954
1953
1952
1951
1950
1949
1948
PGA Tour (vote)
Rory McIlroy
Luke Donald
Jim Furyk
Tiger Woods
Padraig Harrington
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Vijay Singh
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Mark O'Meara
Tiger Woods
Tom Lehman
Greg Norman
Nick Price
Nick Price
Fred Couples
Fred Couples
Wayne Levi
PGA (points)
Rory McIlroy
Luke Donald
Jim Furyk
Tiger Woods
Padraig Harrington
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Vijay Singh
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Mark O'Meara
Tiger Woods
Tom Lehman
Greg Norman
Nick Price
Nick Price
Fred Couples
Corey Pavin
Nick Faldo
Tom Kite
Curtis Strange
Paul Azinger
Bob Tway
Lanny Wadkins
Tom Watson
Hal Sutton
Tom Watson
Bill Rogers
Tom Watson
Tom Watson
Tom Watson
Tom Watson
Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus
Johnny Miller
Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus
Lee Trevino
Billy Casper
Orville Moody
No award
Jack Nicklaus
Billy Casper
Dave Marr
Ken Venturi
Julius Boros
Arnold Palmer
Jerry Barber
Arnold Palmer
Art Wall
Dow Finsterwald
Dick Mayer
Jack Burke
Doug Ford
Ed Furgol
Ben Hogan
Julius Boros
Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan
Sam Snead
Ben Hogan

On thing that jumps out in the side-by-side years above is that in only two years did the PGA Tour and PGA of America awards go to different golfers. And those were the first two years of the PGA Tour award's existence, 1990 and 1991.

Golfers with the Most Player of the Year Awards
No surprise that Tiger Woods holds the all-time record for most Player of the Year awards won by a PGA Tour golfer:

Tiger Woods - 10
Tom Watson - 6
Jack Nicklaus - 5
Ben Hogan - 4

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