August 15, 2011
We are nearing the end of the golf season, and while we still have the FedEx Cup ahead of us, there aren't a lot of chances left to make a case for Player of the Year. So who is it if the trophy was handed out today? This is our list of the top-five players.
5. Mark Wilson -- The 36-year-old Wilson snagged two early season victories and was the first to land multiple wins in 2011, but his play hasn't completely fallen off as the season progressed. Wilson has top-10s at both the Arnold Palmer and the Memorial, and finished just outside the top-25 at last week's PGA Championship.
4. Bubba Watson -- Two wins this year for the long-hitting lefty, and he made the cut in all four majors, but Watson hasn't finished in the top-20 at an event since his win in May at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
3. Steve Stricker -- Stricker would have wrapped this award up if he could have kept his play going after the first round at the Atlanta Athletic Club, and while he didn't win, the 44-year-old still has two wins this year and 13 top-25s out of 15 events played.
2. Nick Watney -- Watney started the year with five straight top-10s, including a win at the Cadillac Championship, and he followed that up with a win at the AT&T National, and while he's still one of the best in the world at playing consistent golf, he missed the cuts in both Opens over the summer.
1. Keegan Bradley -- Crazy to think that this rookie could become Player of the Year, but the fact is, he's the only multiple winner on the PGA Tour this year with a major. He has 10 top-25s, and four top-10s, including both playoff wins, and he has the Wanamaker Trophy, which always tips the scale in your favor. The Player of the Year almost always has to have a major that season, and Bradley is the only one on this list with that on his resume.