PGA Tour Announces Finalists For MVP and Rookie of the Year

Patrick Cantlay Jon Rahm Tour Championship
Patrick Cantlay steps onto the 8th tee box as Jon Rahm steps off during the second round of the TOUR Championship at Eastlake GC on Sept 3, 2021 in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Ben Jared / PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

With the end of season money grab (aka FedEx Cup playoffs) in the books, it’s time for the PGA Tour to pass out the season’s two top awards: Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

On Wednesday the Tour announced the finalists for the two big honors: Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Harris English, Collin Morikawa and Jon Rahm were named finalists for the MVP award while Garrick Higgo and Will Zalatoris were selected as the top rookie candidates.

Cantlay won four times (two if you don’t include the Memorial and the handicapped FedExCup race (not the tournament)); DeChambeau, English and Morikawa each claimed victory twice while Rahm won the U.S. Open (and should have won the Memorial and Tour Championship if it still counted). The Spaniard also led the PGA Tour in scoring average and finished in the top 10 in all four majors. (He’s easily the MVP in this space.)

The South African Higgo made only eight starts on the season but won the Palmetto Championship at Congaree. Zalatoris didn’t reach the winner’s circle but posted eight top-10 finishes, highlighted by a runner-up at the Masters.

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