by Dan O’Neill

Let’s get one thing straight: We’re not talking Heisman Trophy here, or Madden video game or Sports Illustrated cover. We’re not suggesting that the PGA Tour Player of the Year award carries some type of curse. It’s not like that.

If you’re a PGA Tour player and you’ve had a year that puts you in the POY discussion, you’re not going to respectfully withdraw. It wouldn’t be prudent. But there does seem to be an uneasiness about the distinction, a pattern of diminishing returns. And it says something about the game – how it is now compared with how it was.


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Named: By the European Tour as its player of the year, Italy’s Francesco Molinari, who won the BMW PGA, the British Open and the tour’s season-long Race to Dubai title. Molinari, 36, also went 5-0 in leading Europe to a 17½-10½ victory against the U.S. in the Ryder Cup.



Position in the Official World Golf Ranking for South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, his highest ranking since the third week of 2018, after he won the South African Open on Sunday.



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Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude discuss the year’s biggest stories and dissect the “trending” factor among the game’s top players.

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Dune Jewelry and sports radio/TV personality Ann Liguori have collaborated on the Hamptons Rope Collection. The pieces, designed in sterling silver with rope edging, can be customized with sand from a favorite golf course, beach or travel adventure.


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