Miami – Rory McIlroy was named the PGA Tour’s Participant of the Yr on Wednesday, successful the distinguished Jack Nicklaus Award for the third time.
Northern Eire star McIlroy, who was additionally handed the accolade in 2012 and 2014, got here out on prime after a vote by fellow tour professionals.
The 30-year-old beat out competitors from Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar and Xander Schauffele for the award, which comes simply weeks after his victory within the season-ending PGA Tour Championship.
McIlroy, who was offered with the award on Wednesday by golf legend Nicklaus, stated he was “puzzled” after the accolade.
“I could not be extra pleased with what I’ve achieved this yr,” McIlroy stated.
“I needed to attempt to deliver my greatest each single week that I performed and I really feel like I did that to the very best of my capacity.
“The best praise you obtain is that your friends really feel such as you’ve accomplished one thing fairly particular and for this award to be voted on by my fellow gamers, I am very humbled and really honored.”
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan stated McIlroy’s season was “a mannequin of consistency punctuated by milestone victories.”
“Whereas there are a selection of honors one can obtain on this recreation, PGA TOUR Participant of the Yr needs to be among the many most satisfying because it comes straight from his friends,” Monahan stated.
McIlroy in the meantime admitted he had been considerably stunned to pip PGA Championship winner and world primary Koepka to the award.
“I assumed possibly Brooks successful the PGA Championship this yr was going to be the difference-maker, however you recognize, the opposite gamers thought in another way and I am very honored that they thought sufficient of my season to provide me this award,” McIlroy stated.
McIlroy is just the second participant after Tiger Woods to win the season-long FedEx Cup race a number of instances.
In addition to the Tour Championship/FedEx Cup crown, his 2019 season additionally included victories at The Gamers Championship and the RBC Canadian Open.
McIlroy additionally gained the Byron Nelson Award for adjusted scoring common (69.057) for the third time in his profession and topped the PGA Tour in top-10 finishes (14).
Im Sung-Jae of South Korea was named the PGA Tour Rookie of the Yr, lifting the renamed Arnold Palmer Award.