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Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year nominees are announced

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The end of the PGA Tour always brings a bevy of awards, and on Wednesday, the players up for the two biggest awards were announced. Here are the candidates for both the Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year and why they were nominated.

Rookie of the Year

Charl Schwartzel -- Obviously winning the Masters put him on the list, but the young man from South Africa had ten top-25s in just 15 PGA Tour events, including a t-4 at last week's HSBC Champions.

Chris Kirk -- A win at the Vikings Classic put Kirk on the list, but it wasn't his only good finish, as the 26-year-old had four top-10s in his rookie campaign.

Scott Stallings -- A win at the Greenbrier Classic, two other top-10s, and nearly $2 million in earnings gets him on this list.

Jhonattan Vegas -- The early season favorite to take in this award, Vegas wrangled up the Bob Hope Classic in a playoff and had four other top-10s.

Brendan Steele -- Another rookie with a solid season, Steele took home Valero Texas Open and carded three other top-10 finishes.

Keegan Bradley -- The only nominee with two wins, Bradley snagged both the Byron Nelson and the PGA Championship in his first season.

Who should win? Bradley, obviously (even Steele knows it's Keegan's award). Not many times does a rookie card his first win and his first major win in the same season, and along with that, it seemed Bradley was comfortable being one of the top dogs at the end of the season.

Player of the Year

Nick Watney -- Watney won twice, at Doral and the AT&T National, and had 10 top-10s in just 23 events on the PGA Tour. His consistency is one of the things that got him on this list, and he'd possibly be the front-runner if he could have pulled out the win in Vegas.

Bill Haas -- A great year for Haas, highlighted by that water shot to not only capture the Tour Championship but also the FedEx Cup. Haas only had one win, but was in playoffs for both the Greenbrier and the Bob Hope.

Webb Simpson -- Two wins, two playoff losses, and twelve top-10s for Simpson, who finished second in the FedEx Cup race and had an all-around great season.

Keegan Bradley -- You've seen his season up top; two wins, and the only person in the POTY hunt with a major championship on the resume.

Luke Donald -- A career year for Donald, who had a win at the Accenture Match Play and the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. Donald had the most top-10s of anyone on tour with 14 (in just 19 starts), and won the money title with a really gutsy performance at Disney.

Who should win? Before Disney, I was Bradley all the way, but I think Donald wrapped this award up. Normally the voters lean towards people with a major win that year, but Bradley's mediocre performance in the tournaments he didn't win might sway the voters towards Luke.

And your thoughts? Who should win both the Rookie and Player of the Year?

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