Midseason awards: Dustin Johnson, Wes Bryan, Sergio Garcia gleam on PGA Tour

The PGA Tour deteriorate is half over. How about that? There have been 23 events in a 2016-17 season, and there are 24 left. So technically a median indicate would be after a second turn during this week’s Valero Texas Open, though I’m going to call it good-good and palm out some awards right now.

It has been an measureless year already, and we haven’t even reached a torrent of The Players Championship, 3 majors and FedEx Cup Playoffs a second half of a deteriorate holds. A lot can (and will) change, though as of right now, here’s who we have as your endowment winners after 23 events. 

Player of a Year — Dustin Johnson

Normally during this time of year a POY is radically whoever won a Masters, though this deteriorate is a small different. Johnson has 3 wins including dual WGCs and a big-boy lane bagged during Riviera and a Genesis Open. Despite a gaffe during Augusta National where he had to bail after reaching a initial tee, D.J. is clearly a POY during a mid point. And it competence take a two-major deteriorate from someone to hit him off his perch.

Rookie of a Year — Wesley Bryan

This is going to be an comprehensive war. An implausible 3 rookies have wins median by a deteriorate (Bryan, Cody Gribble and Mackenzie Hughes) and 10 altogether are inside a FedEx Cup tip 100. Bryan is a personality of a container since he has a best win and a many tip 10s (along with Ollie Schniederjans), though this competition is distant from over.

Most Improved — Patrick Cantlay

Cantlay is an easy choice. Despite his standing as a rookie, he has resurrected a once-promising career and done it whole again. He has dual tip 10s in usually 4 starts and has not missed a cut. After years of pang by a behind injury and a new genocide of his caddie, who Cantlay has mourned, his star is resplendent as brightly as it was when he was during UCLA and had a whole golf universe in front of him. 

Justin Thomas is also a claimant for this endowment with his 3 wins, though we consider he was already personification flattering good before rocking a start of a 2016-17 season.

Vardon Trophy — Rory McIlroy

The Vardon is not biased though is rather whichever golfer has a lowest practiced scoring normal with a smallest of 60 rounds and no mid-round withdrawals from any tournaments. McIlroy now sits during 68.87 trailed closely by Rickie Fowler during 68.99. The emanate for McIlroy is substantially going to be reaching a smallest for rounds (60) as he missed partial of a initial half of a deteriorate with a rib damage and has usually played in 4 tournaments.  

Biggest Surprise — Jon Rahm

Rahm is not indispensably a loyal “surprise,” though his fast ascent has been towering nonetheless. The Big Spaniard was ranked as a No. 1 pledge for longer than any golfer ever so a extraction is there. But still, he won a Farmers Insurance Open and scarcely took a WGC-Mexico Championship and WGC-Dell Match Play as well. He has left from No. 137 in a universe during a finish of 2016 to No. 13 after a Masters. And he would be even aloft if not for a smallest contest requirement. 

Best Tournament

It’s not even close. The Puerto Rico Open in that D.A. Points hold off Bryson DeChambeau, Retief Goosen and Bill Lunde by dual any was as good a contest as we’ve seen in decades.

OK, I’m kidding. 

The Masters was an all-timer.

Incredibly, we didn’t even hold on Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler or Hideki Matsuyama, all of whom have wins on a deteriorate and are in a competition for Player of a Year. Fowler and Spieth generally could adopt Johnson as POY with large second halves. Let’s contend Fowler goes and wins a British Open and a FedEx Cup playoff eventuality and Johnson does nothing. All of a remarkable a male in orange is your tip dog on a PGA Tour.

So there is a prolonged approach to go when it comes to handing out a genuine awards, though so distant these are a golfers and a tournaments that have shined.

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