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Year-End Awards Begin Rolling In for McIlroy

By November 13, 2012

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Rory McIlroy is officially the PGA Player of the Year, the PGA of America announced on Tuesday. The PGA's award is points-based, and is the traditional Player of the Year award in men's golf in the USA, originating long before the PGA Tour existed as a separate and independent entity.

But there's no question that McIlroy will win the PGA Tour Player of the Year award, too - we just have to wait for the official announcement after votes by PGA Tour players are tallied.

As it does annually, the PGA Tour released the names of the five finalists for its POY award. In addition to McIlroy, the finalists are Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods.

If McIlroy - who won four times including the PGA Championship, led the money list, and posted the lowest scoring average - wasn't included, which of the other four would get the award? Probably Tiger, with three victories. Woods was runner-up on the money list and runner-up in scoring average. Snedeker would probably get some votes, too, with two victories plus the FedEx Cup trophy.

The PGA Tour also announced its five finalists for Rookie of the Year: Charlie Beljan, Jonas Blixt, Bud Cauley, John Huh and Ted Potter Jr.

The PGA Tour's award winners will be announced in early December.

Back to the PGA of America's award: McIlroy won it in a runaway, tallying 100 points. Woods was runner-up with 66 points.

The PGA of America also confirmed McIlroy as the recipient of this year's Vardon Trophy for best adjusted scoring average in PGA Tour rounds. McIlroy finished at 68.87, with Woods in second at 68.90. (The PGA Tour's award for best scoring average carries slightly different qualifying criteria than the Vardon Trophy, and is called the Byron Nelson Award, but McIlroy is the winner of that trophy, as well.)

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