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McIlroy snubbed

PGA controversially awards Fowler Rookie of the Year award

Posted Dec 08, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy was this week snubbed by the PGA Tour, the US competition deciding to award American Rickie Fowler with the Rookie of the Year award – and the decision has been criticised by many of McIlroy’s European Tour mates.
And quite rightly so. McIlroy has been superb this season, some would even say he’s been a revelation on the PGA Tour. But this snub seems like sour grapes from the US after a season in which Europe’s top players dominated world golf.
Following the Ryder Cup success, Graeme McDowell’s US Open win, Martin Kaymer’s USPGA title and Lee Westwood taking over from Tiger Woods as world number one, only Phil Mickelson, who won the Masters from Westwood, had any great success for the Americans.
McIlroy enjoyed a fantastic year on the PGA Tour, destroying the field at the Quail Hollow Championship in early May and finishing in the top three at the Open and the PGA Championship as well as being part of the successful Ryder Cup team.
Fowler, on the other hand, failed to win in his debut season in the US and his best performances were runner-up finishes at the Phoenix Open and the Memorial. He did finish four places higher than McIlroy in the US money list but average earnings per tournaments highlight that the Ulsterman won almost £50,000 more than the American every time he played.
And McIlroy’s snub has been lambasted by the likes of Westwood and McDowell. Westwood tweeted: “Yes he’s (Fowler) had a good year but Rory McIlroy third in two majors and an absolute demolition of the field at Quail Hollow. Oh yeah and on the winning Ryder Cup team! Please! Is this yet another case of protectionism by the PGA Tour or are they so desperate to win something. Wouldn’t have something to do with Rory not joining the (PGA) Tour next year?”
And I have to agree with the world number one. This failure to recognise McIlroy appears like the US Tour committee were so desperate to give the award to an American that they never really considered the Northern Irish star.
Hopefully, McIlroy will respond in the best possible way, by winning on American soil again next year and hopefully taking his first major crown.

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