Rory would have voted for Rory

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - DOUG FER­GU­SON

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.”

Div­ots

Ca­tri­ona Matthew is re­turn­ing as Euro­pean cap­tain for the Sol­heim Cup. She will try to be­come the first Euro­pean cap­tain to win two in ar­row . ... Retief Goosen led the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons with a 69.14 scor­ing av­er­age, end­ing Bern­hard Langer’s five-year streak and be­com­ing the sev­enth player to win the scor­ing ti­tle as a rookie. ... Lanto Grif­fin opened the new PGA Tour sea­son with six straight fin­ishes in the top 20, a streak that ended last week at Mayakoba when he tied for 76th . ...

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.

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