Jon Rahm wins PGA of America Player of the Year Award | Golf News and Tour Information

JJon Rahm finished second to Patrick Cantlay at East Lake on Sunday, but two days later the world No. 1 is back on top.

On Tuesday, the PGA of America announced Rahm as their player of the year.

Unlike the PGA Tour, which awards POY based on player vote, the PGA of America uses a year-long points formula to determine its winner, with tournament wins, official financial rankings, and scoring averages listed. in his equation. Although Rahm technically has only one victory to his name – if “fair” can describe his breakthrough at the 2021 US Open – he tied the lowest score of the Tour Championship “phantom” leaderboard and held a six-stroke lead over 54 holes at the Memorial before a positive COVID-19 test eliminated him from the event… which was ultimately won by Cantlay. Rahm has also had five top-10 finishes in major tournaments this season, while Cantlay’s best finish in the six showpiece events was a T-15.

Rahm led the tour in scoring (winning the Vardon Trophy in the process), shots and winnings, and racked up 15 top 10s in just 22 starts. For context, no other player has finished with a double-digit top 10 this season.

Cantlay’s four wins – the 2020 Zozo Championship, the 2021 Memorial, the 2021 BMW Championship and the 2021 FedEx Cup – stand tall in a season where no other player has won more than twice. Still, Cantlay actually finished third in the PGA of America points system, with Bryson DeChambeau second. Collin Morikawa, who won the 2021 Open, finished fourth.

Could this telegraph a win for Rahm in the PGA Tour Player of the Year? For 27 consecutive years, the same player has won the PGA of America and PGA Tour Player of the Year awards. However, the previous two seasons delivered different winners; Brooks Koepka won the PGA of America award but Rory McIlroy got the nod from his PGA Tour peers in 2019, with Justin Thomas (PGA of America) and Dustin Johnson (PGA Tour) sharing the honors in 2020.

Michael C. Ford