Tour Report: Who’s your Rookie of the Year?

November 18, 2012
2012 PGA TOUR rookies

The 2012 season brought with it an exciting crop of rookies that saw Ted Potter Jr. and John Huh earn their first PGA TOUR victory.

With the 2012 PGA TOUR season now complete, the crew at PGATOUR.COM will debate some of the year’s big questions. Sunday’s question: Who would you choose as PGA TOUR Rookie of Year?

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• John Huh had a win, a runner-up, two other top 10s and a dozen total top 25s. He was also the only rookie to finish in the top 30 in the FedExCup standings and qualify for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. That’s a resume plenty of players would like, much less a rookie. — Brian Wacker, Producer


• Huh was the only freshman to play in all four FedExCup Playoffs events. Bud Cauley had the glossier credentials and Jonas Blixt finished stronger, but Huh was the best from January to October. — John Swantek, host, On the Tee

• Huh and Blixt had the same number of victories and top-5 finishes (three). The difference is Huh had one more top 10, made 22 of 28 cuts (Blixt 14 of 20), and finished 25th in the FedExCup (Blixt was 101st). — Bill Cooney, Producer

• Four PGA TOUR winners. Four solid candidates. But I am going to pick Blixt. He had more top 10s in fewer starts than either Huh or Ted Potter Jr. Yes, Huh got to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, but Blixt missed two months of the season with a rib injury. — Helen Ross, Chief of Correspondents

• Huh won and advanced all the way to the FedExCup Playoffs finale at East Lake, a year that a lot of veterans would have loved to have. — John Schwarb, Producer

• Huh is the Rookie of the Year. Not only did he win (Mayakoba Golf Classic), he made it to the FedExCup finale. I know Blixt will get some support here and if the Florida State graduate hadn’t been hurt for much of the season, Blixt might have won the award. However, for Johnny Question Mark to make it to East Lake is very impressive. — Fred Albers, PGA TOUR Insider

• Not only did Huh post a victory, he was low rookie nine times in his 28 starts this year. That’s the most of any rookie. — Mike McAllister, Managing Editor

• Blixt is already one of the best putters on TOUR, and it’s easy to forget he missed a large chunk of the summer with an injury. It really says a lot that he can miss time and come back even stronger. — Ryan Smithson, Producer

• I really want to pick Cauley but can’t turn away from what Blixt did in 2012. He made 15 cuts in 21 starts and finished inside the top 10 five times. Throw in his 2-for-2 in cuts during the Playoffs and a victory in the Fall Series and you’ve got one solid rookie campaign. — Chris Dunham, Producer

• Huh wins handily. Fellow winners Blixt (missed time due to a rib injury; fewer starts — 21 — than Huh made cuts — 22) and Potter (12 missed cuts) both fall short. Huh was also the only rookie to compete in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. — Rob Bolton, Fantasy Expert

• It would be tough to explain exactly how far under the radar Huh was coming into this season. Not only did Huh grab a victory this season, but he was the only rookie to advance to East Lake. — D.J. Piehowski, Social Media Coordinator

• Huh stepped into the winner’s circle at the Mayakoba Classic and then became the only rookie of 2012 to advance all the way to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. In addition to his victory, Huh delivered a runner-up and two other top 10s, making him a convincing candidate for Rookie of the Year. — Amanda Balionis, host, PGA TOUR Today

• Huh gets my vote. He was consistent all year, from his impressive eight-hole playoff victory in Mexico through the FedExCup Playoffs. Only four rookies since 2007 have advanced to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, and each earned ROY honors by his peers. Expect the same for Huh. — Lauren Teague, Social Media Manager

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