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.
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.