What’s most peculiar is the Tour didn’t send out a ballot for PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year (which is kind of a backhanded compliment depending on how you look at it). Two names pop up right away: Brandt Jobe and Chez Reavie.
Jobe CUT OFF TWO FINGERS in a freak accident in 2006, and 2011 was his first full season back on the PGA Tour. Jobe notched four top tens, including runner-up at the Memorial. He earned $1,629,764 to finish 51st on the money list. A few years ago, this guy didn’t know if he could ever play golf again, and even if he could, how competitive could he be? Pretty competitive. Though his fingers were reconstructed, the surgeons couldn’t repair the nerve damage, so he basically can’t feel in two of his fingers and had to adjust his grip with the putter, which took a while to get used to. Jobe’s story is truly inspiring and amazing.
Major boo-boo by the Tour.
As Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel tweeted recently:
Meanwhile, Reavie came back after knee surgery and snagged five top-tens, including second place at the Deutsche Bank Championship where he lost in a playoff to Webb Simpson. He earned $2,285,067 (which I’m pretty sure is more than his total career earnings). He also placed eighth the following week at the BMW Championship — that’s two top-tens in the really, really important FEDEXCUP playoffs.
But neither of these guys qualifies under the Tour’s criteria for Comeback POY? I’d like to see a copy of the criteria!
The Comeback POY nominees are determined by Commissioner Tim Finchem and four players on the policy board, but a few years ago, Finchem said the player reps decided to leave the award to Tour officials.
“We just thought it originally was an award that focused on a player who had an unusual injury, an injury that was career-threatening, and he comes back from it,” Finchem said. “And that morphed into having three or four players on the ballot that had some minor situations occur. We were asking players to decide who should be the bigger comeback.”
When did cutting two fingers off become “minor”?