Top 10 Candidates for the PGA Player of the Year

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Top 10 Candidates for the PGA Player of the Year
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Ernie Els, at age 40, is a leading contender for Player of the Year

With the four majors of the year in the books, it is time to see who the leading candidates are for Player of the Year.

This year more than ever, the winner could be one of a number of players. No one has had a dominant year on the PGA tour this year.

No one has won more than twice, and all four of the majors were won by different golfers. The World Rankings, perhaps more than any other year, will have no bearing on the winner this year. Neither No. 1 ranked Tiger Woods or second ranked Phil Mickelson will win Player of the Year in 2010.

Usually by the time the PGA Championship is over, we have a pretty good idea who will win the award. Not this year.

Tiger Woods is the defending winner of the award, and has won it nine of the last 11 years.

There are actually two awards gven out for player of the year, but historically the golfer who wins one wins the other as well. One is given by the PGA of America, and the other is given by the PGA Tour. The PGA Tour Player of the Year is the newer of the awards, and has been given out since 1990.

Since that year of 1990 only once have the two differed on a winner. That was 1991, when the PGA of America gave the award to Corey Pavin and the PGA Tour chose Wayne Levi.

Here are who I believe are the top ten candidates to win this year's two awards.This list is in no particular order.

Interesting to note, none of the winners of the four majors made the list.

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