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McIlroy and Koepka headline nominees for PGA Tour Player of the Year

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Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar and Xander Schauffele have been nominated for the Jack Nicklaus Award as PGA Tour Player of the Year following Sunday’s conclusion of the Tour Championship and FedExCup Playoffs.

The nominees were finalized by the PGA Tour Player Directors and members of the Player Advisory Council (PAC), along with the nominees for the Arnold Palmer Award as PGA Tour Rookie of the Year  – namely Cameron Champ, Sungjae Im, Adam Long, Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff.

Both awards are determined by a member vote, with PGA Tour members who played in at least 15 FedExCup events during the 2018-19 season eligible to vote. The voting will close on Friday, September 6, and the winners will be announced at a later date.

This is the first year the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year will receive the prestigious Arnold Palmer Award, named in honor of Golf’s Greatest Ambassador. Throughout his career, Palmer set the standard for character, good sportsmanship and professionalism both on and off the golf course.

Player of the Year nominees

Brooks Koepka, 29 / West Palm Beach, Florida

  • Entered 21 events with victories (3) at The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges, PGA Championship and World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
  • Tied for third in the FedExCup
  • Finished fourth in Scoring Average (69.395)
  • Recorded a total of nine top-10 finishes among 20 made cuts

Rory McIlroy, 30 / Holywood, Northern Ireland

  • Entered 19 events with victories (3) at The Players Championship, RBC Canadian Open and Tour Championship
  • Won the FedExCup
  • Led the PGA Tour in Scoring Average (69.057)
  • Recorded a total of 14 top-10 finishes among 17 made cuts

Matt Kuchar, 41 / St. Simons Island, Georgia

  • Entered 22 events with victories (2) at the Mayakoba Golf Classic and Sony Open in Hawaii
  • Tied for 16th in the FedExCup
  • Recorded a total of eight top-10 finishes among 20 made cuts

Xander Schauffele, 25 / San Diego, California

  • Entered 21 events with victories (2) at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and Sentry Tournament of Champions
  • Finished second in the FedExCup
  • Recorded a total of six top-10 finishes among 18 made cuts

Rookie of the Year nominees

Cameron Champ, 24 / Sacramento, California

  • Entered 26 events with a victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship
  • Finished No. 62 in the FedExCup
  • Recorded a total of three top-10 finishes among 14 made cuts
  • 2018 Korn Ferry Tour graduate

Sungjae Im, 21 / Jeju, South Korea

  • Entered 35 events with seven top-10s
  • Tied for 19th in the FedExCup
  • Recorded a total of 16 top-25s in 26 made cuts
  • 2018 Korn Ferry Tour graduate

Adam Long, 31 / St. Louis, Missouri

  • Entered 27 events with a victory at the Desert Classic
  • Finished No. 69 in the FedExCup
  • Recorded a total of five top-25s in 11 made cuts
  • 2018 Korn Ferry Tour graduate

Collin Morikawa, 22 / La Cañada, California

  • Entered nine events with a victory at the Barracuda Championship
  • Finished No. 59 in the FedExCup
  • Recorded a total of three top-10 finishes among nine made cuts

Matthew Wolff, 20 / Agoura Hills, California

  • Entered eight events with a victory at the 3M Open
  • Finished No. 74 in the FedExCup
  • Recorded a total of three top-25s in seven made cuts
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