There is no end to East Lake’s potential bounty. Atop a sizable mound of money, there also is a hefty chunk of prestige at stake at this week’s Tour Championship.
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WHO’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR?
Argument for: His five PGA victories this year are more than double anyone else’s. No. 1 in stroke average and money winnings. Won an almost-major, the Players Championship.
Argument against: By the inflated standards he has set, it is all about the majors, and his drought is five years and counting.
Argument for: His breakthrough at the Masters was the beginning of the most consistent performance across the board in the majors. Had the best aggregate score in the big four tournaments of anyone (2 over par), with top-five finishes in three of the four. Also won a FedEx playoff event, the Barclays.
Argument against: It is all about the majors with him. Played a limited schedule, 15 events, the same as Woods, but without the success.
Argument for: Winner of the British Open and runner-up at the U.S. Open. Won the Waste Management Open in Arizona.
Argument against: Missed three cuts this year (Woods, Scott and Kuchar missed none). Stroke average is the highest of those four. Would be no debate had he prevailed at the U.S. Open.
Argument for: Had his first multiple-win season, in high-quality events – the World Match Play and the Memorial. Seventh on Tour in stroke average and had eight top-10 finishes.
Argument against: Disappeared in the majors, his lone top-10 finish an eighth at the Masters.