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November 04, 2012

Vote for Your Player of the Year

POY-BubbaGolf Magazine names its second annual Player of the Year in the December issue. We've made our pick, which we'll announce on Tuesday, and now we want to know what you think. Tell us your choice on our Facebook page. Here are the candidates.

BUBBA WATSON

The Case for Bubba:
Hit the shot of the decade -- and maybe the shot of the century -- to win the Masters in a playoff against Louis Oosthuizen. Became golf's new folk hero after winning the green jacket. Bought the General Lee from "The Dukes of Hazzard" at auction for $110,000. One major win, two second-place finishes and seven top 10s.

Stats For: First in driving distance, and second in greens in regulation

The Case Against Bubba:
Skipped Players Championship and took time off after winning Masters to care for his new adopted son. Missed cut at U.S. Open after shooting nine over.

Stats Against: 158th in strokes gained (putting), 132nd in driving accuracy

Official World Golf Ranking: 8

PGA Tour Money List: $4,644,997 (fifth)

2012 Wins:
The Masters

2012 Majors:
The Masters: Win
U.S. Open: Missed Cut
British Open: T23
PGA Championship: T11

VOTE FOR BUBBA WATSON

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POY-RoryRORY MCILROY

The Case for McIlroy: Four wins, including PGA Championship. Seized No. 1 ranking. After oversleeping and almost missing his tee time, McIlroy beat Keegan Bradley in Ryder Cup singles, which helped spark Europe's historic comeback.

Stats For: First in scoring average, first in birdie average, fifth in driving distance

The Case Against McIlroy: Slumped in midseason, when he missed three cuts, including the Players Championship and the U.S. Open, and finished T60 at the British Open.

Stats Against: 155th in driving accuracy, 80th in strokes gained (putting)

Official World Golf Ranking: 1

PGA Tour Money List: $8,047,952 (first)

2012 Wins:
Honda Classic, PGA Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship

2012 Majors:
The Masters: T40
U.S. Open: Missed Cut
British Open: T60
PGA Championship: Win

VOTE FOR RORY MCILROY

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POY-TigerTIGER WOODS

The Case for Woods: Three wins and a runner-up for shot of the year with his chip-in on Sunday at the Memorial, which Jack Nicklaus called the best shot he's ever seen under the circumstances. Shot 62 in the final round of the Honda Classic (where he finished second to McIlroy)

Stats For: Second in scoring average, fourth in birdie average, fifth in total driving

The Case Against Woods: Couldn't get it done in the majors. Woods led the U.S. Open after two rounds only to finish T21, and he shot three-over on the final day of the British Open to finish T3. Didn't win again after the AT&T National on July 1.

Stats Against: 134th in greens in regulation from 75-100 yards

Official World Golf Ranking: 2

PGA Tour Money List: $6,133,158 (second)

2012 Wins:
Arnold Palmer Invitational, Memorial Tournament, AT&T National

2012 Majors:
The Masters: T40
U.S. Open: T21
British Open: T3
PGA Championship: T11

VOTE FOR TIGER WOODS

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(All Photos: AP)

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