Rory would have voted for Rory
Rory McIlroy says he doesn’t know if he would have voted for himself or Brooks Koepka as PGA Tour player of the year, which suggests he didn’t vote or he wasn’t saying. But he felt he was worthy of the award based on consistency.
“It depends on what is important to you and for me,” McIlroy said Tuesday in Dubai.
They both had three victories. Koepka excelled in the majors, not only winning the PGA Championship for the second straight year — only Tiger Woods had done that in stroke play — but finishing second in the Masters and U.S. Open. McIlroy was rarely out of the top 10 and won the FedEx Cup.
“I’ve accumulated 100 more world ranking points than anyone else this year,” McIlroy reasoned. “If you look purely by the numbers, I feel like I was deserving.”
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Stat of the week
Brendon Todd is the first player to win twice in the fall since the PGA Tour went to a wraparound season in 2013.