For the first time in its 26-year history, there was a tie in votes for the European Tour Player of the Year between Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer. Forget a tiebreaker, co-winners are allowed!
McDowell won the US Open, his first major title, along with three other tournaments, including the Chevron World Challenge on Sunday. He became only the second player to beat Tiger Woods in a playoff at the Chevron, holing two massive putts in the process. McDowell was also the hero of the victorious European Ryder Cup team, making a huge putt to clinch the win. As of this week, he’s moved to No. 7 in the world rankings.
Meanwhile, Kaymer also won his first major at the PGA Championship. He followed the victory with two more in a row at the KLM Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. In January, Kaymer won the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, his first event of the year. He claimed the European Tour’s money title in the Race to Dubai. At his first Ryder Cup appearance, the German finished with a 3-1 record.
Lee Westwood chimed in with his two cents on Twitter:
Martin and gmac tie. Both had fantastic years and pretty much inseparable so the golfer of the year is “golfers! ” they’ll be like a double act saying the speech at the tour dinner next may!
Says a lot about the strength of Europe’s golfers when the world’s No. 1 wasn’t one of two POTYs, no?