The coveted title of player of the year announced every year at the end of the season is hard fought throughout the season by both male and female golfers.
This year’s winners were about as opposite as the gender they represented.
PGA Tour player of the year was in no doubt as he( Justin Thomas) had a remarkable year, by any standards.
Winning 5 times including a major( PGA Championship), he also set the record for the all-time lowest score for 36 and 72 holes including a 59 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, coupled up with the -9 he shot in the US Open at Erin Hills leaving him as the only player in US Open history to complete that feat.
PGA Tour Player of The Year Justin Thomas
Now as for the LPGA Tour player of the year, that’s a completely different story.
The Rolex Player of the year accumulates points per tournament for finishes in the top 10.
Points range from 1st place = 10 points to 10th Place = 1 point.
Two players finished on exactly the same points tally.
So Yeon RYU 162 and Sung Hyun PARK 162, both girls from South Korea.
They became inseparable in points won, both had won twice during the year and both had won a major.
Ryu had 10 other top 10 finishes but also missed 2 cuts, whereas Park had 9 top ten finishes but worst place finish was 43rd.
Park headed the money list with Ryu finishing second, although Parks Womens US Open win helped enormously with the large winner’s purse.
Even their low round of the season wasn’t that far apart, with only 1 shot separating them, Ryu 61 and Park 62.
They both also spent time at No1 in the world. Inseparable.
LPGA Tour players of the Year – So Yeon RYU and Sung Hyun PARK
There is a footnote here that would have made all this negligible.
Lexi Thompson who finished the season with 159 points stood over a 2 foot put on the final green of the CME Group Tour Championship and slid it by, had she holed out all of the above scenarios would not have mattered, Lexi Thompson would have been player of the year.
Bear in mind it was Ryu that beat Thompson in a playoff following the controversial 4 shot penalty at the ANA Inspirational at the end of March.
It just wasn’t her year.
Tommy Fleetwood topped the Race to Dubai Rankings and was crowned European Number One after a marvelous season that was kick-started by victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and which also included his first Rolex Series win at the HNA Open de France. Coupled with a fourth-place finish at the U.S. Open and another 10 top 10 finishes…
European Player of The Year – Tommy Fleetwood