Here is part two of my review of the first half of the 2012 PGA Tour season. If you missed part one you can find it here.
The Money List
Other than winning tournament titles, I would think that this is the list on which a majority of players would like to see their names. Leading the 2012 money list is Bubba Watson with earnings of $3,204,778. For most of us that is an unimaginable salary for a half year's work. Joining Watson in the $3M club is Hunter Mahan. Rory McIlroy is exactly $4,000 short of the $3M mark and finds himself in third place on the money list. Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson round out the top five earners.
The FedEx Cup Points Standings
While the FedEx Cup standings will not be of utmost importance until later this summer, it is still worthwhile to look at the top players so far in 2012. By virtue of his two victories on tour, Hunter Mahan leads the FedEx Cup standings. Only 23 points behind Mahan is fellow "Golf Boy" Bubba Watson. In third place, 105 points behind, is Rory McIlroy while Phil Mickelson and Carl Pettersson round out the top five.
Best Scoring Average
This is another list which I believe that most professional golfers would like to make. At this point in the 2012 season Rory McIlroy has the lowest scoring average on tour at 69.40 strokes per round. In second place is Matt Kuchar at 69.56 strokes per round. Third place is surprising in that I did not expect Tiger Woods to make this list. While Woods was a fixture atop this list for years, given his struggles in 2012, I did not expect him to be in third place at this point in the season with a scoring average of 69.64. Following closely on Tiger's tail are Justin Rose and Jim Furyk at 69.68 and 69.73 respectively.
Rookie of the Year
My Rookie of the Year at this point is John Huh. This was a relatively easy choice as Huh is the only rookie to win on the PGA Tour in 2012. The win was in an alternate field event, yet to win any PGA Tour event is an accomplishment for a first year pro. Huh has played well in other events this year including finishing second at the Valero Texas Open and finishing in the Top 10 at the Farmers Insurance Open. In total, Huh has six Top 25 finishes and is number 19 in the FedEx Cup standings. That is excellent for a first year player and that is why John Huh is my pick for rookie of the year at this point.
Player of the Year
Last but certainly not least is the Player of the Year thus far on the PGA Tour. In my mind the choice comes down to Rory McIlroy or Hunter Mahan. Both men have played well and figure prominently in the preceding categories. If one man had won a major championship this year, the decision would be easy. Since that is not the case it becomes a little more subjective.
Mahan is the only player to win multiple events on tour this season. He leads the FedEx Cup standings and had not missed a cut until the Players Championship. McIlroy is the only player on tour with four Top 3 finishes in 2012 and is third in the FedEx Cup standings. Outside of the Masters and the Players Championship, the two biggest events so far this year, McIlroy has been remarkably consistent. By that I mean that he has consistently been at the top of the leaderboard, with a win, two seconds and a third place finish. If McIlroy had fared better at Augusta National or TPC Sawgrass the decision would have been clear.
In the end it really is a pick 'em and I will pick Hunter Mahan as my Player of the Year at the halfway point of the season. It is now time to start the back nine.
Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.
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