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Rory McIlroy voted player of the year; John Huh earns rookie honors

By Shane Bacon | Blogger
Rory McIlroy becomes the youngest player of the year winner since Tiger Woods in 1998. (Getty Images)

If the announcement on Tuesday morning that Rory McIlroy was your PGA Tour Player of the Year shocked you, you probably didn't pay much attention to the golf season.

McIlroy was the runaway favorite to snag this award and become the youngest to win it since Tiger Woods did so in 1998, and it's another big accomplishment that McIlroy can check off in his young career.

McIlroy had four wins this year on tour, more than anyone else, and that total included a major championship when he ran away with the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. On top of that, McIlroy won the money title and the Vardon Trophy and had 10 top-10 finishes on tour, tied for most with Bo Van Pelt.

McIlroy started his season with a loss in the finals of the Accenture Match Play. After holding off Woods at the Honda Classic for his first win of the year, he finished third at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. A disappointing weekend at the Masters left another year without a green jacket added to his closet, but he bounced back with a playoff loss to Rickie Fowler at the Wells Fargo Championship before going through a bit of a midseason slump.

Think about that for a minute: McIlroy was a match-play finals loss and a playoff loss away from possibly having three wins in his first five starts at huge events, and he still went on to win three more times including a major.

John Huh picked up Rookie of the Year honors thanks in large part to his playoff win at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, where the 22-year-old had to beat veteran Robert Allenby in an eight-hole playoff. Huh's season was so solid that he landed a spot throughout the FedEx Cup playoffs, finding himself at the Tour Championship and followed that up with two top-26 finishes in Fall Series events.

All in all, Huh had 12 top-25s, an impressive number for a rookie, and he earned nearly $2.7 million in his first crack at the PGA Tour.

So there you have it. The two guys you figured would win these awards picked up the hardware.

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