PGA Tour Player of the Year: Let's Pick the Right Winner

Espen UldalContributor IIIOctober 21, 2011

Webb Simpson and Luke Donald: Winner takes all this week?
Webb Simpson and Luke Donald: Winner takes all this week?Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

While the Bubble Boys are fighting to end the season within the top 125 on the PGA Tour money list, Webb Simpson and Luke Donald are going head to head in the quest for the final position as number one on the very same list.

All in the same tournament. Honor and existence.

Only Simpson or Donald can end up with the money title and the five years exemption on the PGA Tour that comes with it, and only one of these two can become Player of the Year. Both titles are still up for grabs.

Or are they?

Winning the money title does not seem to secure Donald the POY-title. The players on the PGA Tour decides who should have the honor, and right now – before anything is settled in Florida in the Children’s Miracle Network Classic – it looks like some players have already made up their mind.

Number 124 on the money list, Bobby Gates, is one of them. He would like to see fellow countryman Simpson take the POY award.

In an article on, this week’s defending champion Robert Garrigus agrees with Gates. "I've made my mind up," Garrigus says to "I would vote for Webb. I mean, he's had such an unbelievable year. If you look at how many top-10s he's made [11], it's almost more than some guys have played in tournaments. What has he made? $6 million? That's Tiger money, and that's pretty special."

Well, if Donald finish on top of that money list, it means he has made even more money than Simpson. What’s good for the gander…

However, it won’t be the first time a European is looked over in what could be taken for pro-American bias. Rickie Fowler, who has still not won on the PGA Tour was chosen as Rookie of the Year over Rory McIlroy who won in crushing style at both Wachovia and the US Open.

Simpson has had a marvelous year with two victories and a second spot in the FedExCup, but if Donald finishes on top of the money list it’s because he deserves to. Not counting this week, he has one win and 13 top 10’s. On Sunday he could be credited for two victories and 14 top 10’s including six top three’s. Not to mention that Donald would be the first player ever to win the money list on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour in the same season.

Granted, it’s close, but let’s wait to see what happens before decisions are made.

And let’s be fair.

That is, after all the key word in golf.