Rory McIlroy wins his first Vardon Trophy and PGA POY; Tiger Woods ineligible
After winning four tournaments in 2012, including the PGA Championship, McIlroy is expected to sweep golf's end-of-season awards, and he just brought home two of the biggest: the PGA of America's Player of the Year award and the Vardon Trophy.
The PGA Player of the Year is awarded on a points system, while the Vardon Trophy is given to the player with the lowest adjusted scoring average, based on a minimum of 60 rounds, with no incomplete rounds, in events co-sponsored or designated by the PGA Tour.
Tiger Woods finished second in scoring average to Rory McIlroy on the PGA Tour in 2012. (Woods had a 68.90 average to McIlroy's 68.87.) However, even if Woods had finished with a lower scoring average than McIlroy, he would have been ineligible for the Vardon Trophy because he withdrew in the middle of his final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on March 11.
According the PGA of America, it was the first time Woods had been ineligible for the award due to an incomplete round. Woods was eligible for the PGA of America Player of the Year award.
McIlroy, 23, became the fourth youngest PGA Champion on Aug. 12 with a record eight-stroke triumph at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C. He went on to capture both the season money earnings and adjusted scoring average titles. He finished with 100 points, while Tiger Woods –- a three-time winner this season –- finished runner-up with 66 points. Woods is the all-time leader in both season-ending awards, having captured 10 PGA Player of the Year awards and eight Vardon Trophies since 1997.
This is the first time McIlroy has captured either award. The PGA Tour will announce its Player of the Year in December. Golf Magazine named McIlroy its 2012 Player of the Year in its December issue. Go to Golf.com/rory for more coverage of McIlroy's outstanding season.
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