Now that the TOUR Championship has come and gone, it’s time to start doling out the awards, one of which is the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. No offense to Derek Ernst, Russell Henley or David Lingmerth, but Jordan Spieth should win this honor by a landslide. It shouldn’t even be close. It’s great that the other three players were nominated, but there’s really no question that this one belongs to Spieth.
The 20-year old started the Tour season with no status. By the time the season came to an end he was ranked seventh in the FedEx Cup standings and 21st in the world. He captured the title at the John Deere Classic when he was 19 years, 11 months and 18 days old – making him the youngest player to win a tournament since 1931. His victory, along with the eight other top-10 finishes he recorded, put Spieth at 10th on the official money list with over $3.8 million in earnings. His spectacular season also resulted in Spieth being chosen as a captain’s pick for the Presidents Cup team that will compete in just a few short weeks –an honor he most definitely deserved.
Sure, the other three players nominated for this award put together nice 2013 seasons, but none of them come even close to comparing with what Spieth managed to do as a rookie. As far as statistics are concerned, Spieth finished the season third in all-around ranking, eighth in total driving, eight in par breakers and ninth in scoring average. Those stats are indicative of the fact that his success was not a fluke – the kid can flat out play.
With that being said, let’s just forego the formalities and give him the award already.