So far on TOUR this year we’ve seen seven victories by PGA TOUR rookies. Gone seem to be the days of domination by a handful of players, and this crop of young guys don’t seem to need that “grooming” period where they are just getting used to life on TOUR. This is easily evident by the play of the 2011 rookie class this year. Last year it seemed to be a two man race for the R.O.Y., with Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy dueling it out, and ultimately Rickie Fowler taking home the award, despite no win to speak of.
This year the choice may seem tougher than ever. Charl Schwartzel seems to be the likely choice with winning the Masters. He’s also made 11 of 12 cuts coming in to the PGA and has two other top 10s on the season. But Keegan Bradley, who won the Byron Nelson a few weeks ago and was in serious contention again this past week in Akron, could give Schwartzel a run for his money. Bradley already looks like a seasoned vet, and also has two other top 10s and six top 25s on the season. Schwartzel and Bradley also sit at 23rd and 24th respectively in the FedEx Cup standings. The highest ranked rookie in the FedEx Cup standings currently is Gary Woodland, another rookie winner on TOUR earlier this year at the Transitions Championship. Woodland is ranked 8th and has six other top 10s to go along with the victory back in March.
So far it’s anybody’s race, and with the golf these guys have been playing I’m sure they have their sights set more on taking home the FedEx Cup than Rookie of the Year.