Here are the five nominees 2023 PGA Tour Player of the Year

Scottie Scheffler was named last year’s PGA Tour Player of the Year in September of 2022. This time around, the award is being doled out in January because of the FedEx Cup Fall Series, which extended eligibility for that award as well as PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.

Scheffler is among the five finalists for the Jack Nicklaus Award, going to the top player on the circuit.

He’s looking to become the first back-to-back winner of the award since Tiger Woods won it three times in a row from 2005 to 2007. Fred Couples and Nick Price are the only others to win it two times in a row since the award was first given out in 1990.

The Player of the Year for the 2022-23 season was finalized by the PGA Tour Player directors and members of the Player Advisory Council (PAC).

Voting for the Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards will take place among PGA Tour members who played in at least 15 official FedExCup events during the season. The voting will close on Friday, Dec. 15, at 5 p.m. ET.

The winners will be announced in January at The Sentry, the first event of the 2024 season, which marks the return of the calendar-based schedule.

Here are the five nominees, listed in alphabetical order below, for the PGA Tour Player of the Year.

Wyndham Clark

2023 U.S. Open
Wyndham Clark celebrates with the championship trophy at the 2023 U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club. (Photo: Michael Madrid/USA TODAY Sports)

Among Wyndham Clark’s 28 starts this season was his first PGA Tour win at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in May.

The next month at Los Angeles Country Club, Clark validated his rise with his win in the U.S. Open.

He had eight top-10 finishes and missed only three cuts.

He finished third in the FedExCup standings, he was 13th in scoring average at 69.642.

Viktor Hovland

2023 Tour Championship
Viktor Hovland celebrates with the FedEx Cup trophy after winning the 2023 Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club. (Photo: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

Viktor Hovland won three times in his breakout season, and while he didn’t claim a major, he won some heavyweight events: the Memorial, the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship.

He played 23 events and made the cut in all of them. In nine of those, Hovland finished in the top 10.

He was fourth in scoring average at 69.123.

Rory McIlroy

2023 Genesis Scottish Open
Rory McIlroy admires the trophy after winning the 2023 Genesis Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club in United Kingdom. (Photo: Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

McIlroy won twice during the season, at the CJ Cup in South Carolina and the Genesis Scottish Open.

He had two second-place finishes and earned 13 top 10s.

McIlroy missed the cut at the Masters but tied for seventh at the PGA Championship, was solo second at the U.S. Open and tied for sixth at the Open Championship.

He was fourth in the FedEx Cup standings and was second in scoring average at 68.777.

Jon Rahm

2023 Genesis Invitational
Jon Rahm reacts following his victory in the final round of The Genesis Invitational golf tournament. (Photo: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

Jon Rahm led the PGA Tour with four wins, which included a major and two Signature Events at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and the Genesis Invitational.

He made 18 of 20 cuts and had 10 top-10 finishes. Rahm was third in scoring average at 69.037.

Scottie Scheffler

2023 Players Championship
Scottie Scheffler holds up the 2023 Players Championship trophy at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo: Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union)

Scottie Scheffler played 23 times and had two wins. He defended his title at the WM Phoenix Open, a Signature Event, and then won his first Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

He had the lowest scoring average, 68.629 which earned him the Byron Nelson Award.

Scheffler was sixth in the FedEx Cup standings after a season in which he had the most top-10s (17) on the PGA Tour. He made all 23 cuts.

PGA Tour Player of the Year winners




Scottie Scheffler


Patrick Cantlay


Dustin Johnson


Rory McIlroy


Brooks Koepka


Justin Thomas


Dustin Johnson


Jordan Spieth


Rory McIlroy


Tiger Woods


Rory McIlroy


Luke Donald


Jim Furyk


Tiger Woods


Padraig Harrington


Tiger Woods


Tiger Woods


Tiger Woods


Vijay Singh


Tiger Woods


Tiger Woods


Tiger Woods


Tiger Woods


Tiger Woods


Mark O’Meara


Tiger Woods


Tom Lehman


Greg Norman


Nick Price


Nick Price


Fred Couples


Fred Couples


Wayne Levi


Story originally appeared on GolfWeek