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2013 PREVIEW: John Huh made his way through three stages of q-school just to earn his PGA TOUR card, then claimed Rookie of the Year honors after winning the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Now that he knows he's in it for the long haul, Huh can work on his consistency -- all four of his top-10s came in his first 15 starts.
2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Huh, who had never played in a Web.com Tour or PGA TOUR event prior to last year, proved to be a quick study. He picked up his first top-10 in his second start and won his fifth -- erasing a seven-shot deficit in the final round by shooting a bogey-free 63 and beating Robert Allenby in an eight-hole playoff. – Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Maybe the best nickname on TOUR: Johnny Question Mark. For a rookie to win a tournament and make the TOUR Championship shows a lot of ability. Last year at this time, few had even heard of John Huh, now he’s an established player on TOUR. -- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio
BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: What a year by the previously unknown now-22-year-old. What struck me early on and stayed with me during his 22-for-28 rookie year is that he fully accepts what he is as a golfer, and he plays to his strengths. He keeps it simple and he seemed utterly unfazed by his sudden rise. Love the conviction. Having advanced to the TOUR Championship, he'll be able to set a schedule that will include the first three majors and the Cadillac Championship. Certainly, we're still in a position in which we need to remain patient, but there are zero signs that he won't carry his mojo into 2013. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert
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2012 QUICK REVIEW
Regular Season ranking
Final Playoffs ranking
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|By the Numbers
Cuts made: 22
Rounds played: 99
Top-10 finishes: 4
Money List rank: 28th
Driving distance: 113th
Driving accuracy: 11th
Greens in regulation: 57th
Strokes gained-putting: 65th
Scoring average: 52nd
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By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Four wins, including his second major, on the PGA TOUR. The money titles on both sides of the Atlantic. The Byron Nelson Award and Vardon Trophy for low scoring average.
So what's not to like when newly-named PGA TOUR Player of the Year Rory McIlroy looks back on 2012? Well, he does have one regret, and it speaks volumes about the young Northern Irishman.
"We are judged on wins ultimately, and this year has been a great year with four wins on the PGA TOUR and winning in Dubai a couple weeks ago," McIlroy said in a teleconference on Tuesday. "But next thing, I won my first major in '11, I backed it up this season with another one, and I'd love to go into '13 with that same goal of obviously trying to win another major.
"But I think really what was disappointing this year for me, if there was a disappointment, that I was only in contention once in the majors, and luckily I was able to win it. But next year I'd love to be in contention in all four of them and have a chance to win all -- not saying I'm going to win all of them, but at least give myself a chance."
McIlroy's victory at the PGA Championship, which came by a whopping eight strokes courtesy of a flawless 66 on Sunday, sparked a surge that saw him win consecutive tournaments during the FedExCup Playoffs.
He ended up second in the FedExCup to Brandt Snedeker, who won the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, and then turned his attention back to the European Tour where McIlroy won the season-ending Dubai World Championship.
McIlroy was named Player of the Year in a vote of his peers. The ballot, as PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem noted, was a "stout" one, featuring Snedeker; Masters champion Bubba Watson, three-time winner Tiger Woods and Jason Dufner, who broke through with two victories.
"It's always nice to get recognition from your peers, the guys that you're trying to beat week in, week out, and obviously there's been a lot of guys on the PGA TOUR that have had great years this year," McIlroy said. "... So to beat those guys is ... a very nice feeling. It's very rewarding, and I guess it's just a great way to end what has been a great year and my best season so far."
McIlroy said he drew confidence from a tie for fifth at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational the week before he headed to Kiawah Island, S.C., for the season’s final major. In his previous five starts, the 23-year-old had missed three cuts, including in his title defense at the U.S. Open and tied for 60th at the Open Championship, while posting a single top-10 in Memphis.
"I think everyone knows that my game wasn't where I wanted it to be sort of through the start of the summer and leading up to the PGA," McIlroy said. "But I felt like the week before in Akron I had a good week. I finished fifth and actually got a bit of confidence from that. I felt like my game was coming back to where I wanted it to be.
"Of course every time I go into a major I have expectations, but maybe at the PGA my expectations were maybe slightly lower just because of the form that I was in, and I got myself into a great position going into the weekend, and ... I didn't want to sort of let this opportunity pass me because it was a great opportunity to win my second major, and obviously I was able to do it, and from that I gained a lot of confidence.”
McIlroy is the third European to be named Player of the Year, following Luke Donald in 2011 and Padraig Harrington in 2008. The world No. 1 is also the youngest to earn the distinction since Tiger Woods did in 1997.
In addition to his many accolades earned for his work on the golf course, Finchem said McIlroy was equally accomplished outside the ropes. "He is at a very young age already making a very solid contribution to what is the most important asset of the PGA TOUR, and that is the image of its players, " the commissioner said.
Finchem also announced John Huh's selection as the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year. Huh won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in just his fifth start on TOUR, beating veteran Robert Allenby in an eight-hole playoff.
Huh is the first player of Korean descent to be honored with the award and was the only rookie to reach the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, finishing 29th in the FedExCup.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The nominees for 2012 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year were released on Monday -- Charlie Beljan, Jonas Blixt, Bud Cauley, John Huh and Ted Potter Jr.
Players were nominated by the PGA TOUR Player Directors and members of the Player Advisory Council (PAC). The awards are determined by a member vote, with PGA TOUR members who played in at least 15 official money events in 2012 eligible to vote. The balloting process ends on Nov. 30, with the winner to be announced in early December.
A quick look at each Rookie of the Year nominee:
CHARLIE BELJAN: Won one event (Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic), posted three-top-10 finishes, finished 63rd on official money list and 160th in FedExCup points
JONAS BLIXT: Won one event (Frys.com Open), posted five top-10 finishes, finished 34th on the official money list and 71st in FedExCup points
BUD CAULEY: Posted six-top 10 finishes, finished 44th on official money list and 38th in FedExCup points
JOHN HUH: Won one event (Mayakoba Golf Classic), posted four top-10 finishes, finished 28th on official money list and 29th in FedExCup points
TED POTTER JR.: Won one event (The Greenbrier Classic) for his only top-10 finish, finished 62nd on official money list and 93rd in FedExCup points
Now it’s your turn: Who do you think will win this year’s Rookie of the Year?
Following an opening-round 63, John Huh reflects on his play in the 2012 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with Fred Albers from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.
John Huh meets with the media and talks about keeping his goals in his first TOUR Championship start.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ATLANTA -- A year ago, John Huh watched the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola on TV.
He was playing in a tournament in Korea. Huh distinctly remembers what he calls simply "the shot" as Bill Haas got up and down from the water hazard beside the 17th green on the way to that dynamic dual victory in the TOUR Championship and FedExCup.
How times have changed. On Thursday, the 22-year-old Huh will tee it up at East Lake for the first time, capping a stellar rookie season that saw him win the Mayakoba Golf Classic in an eight-hole playoff over Robert Allenby and tie for second at the Valero Texas Open.
Huh has a total of four top-10s and enters his first TOUR Championship ranked 26th in the FedExCup -- just one shot lower than where Haas was a year ago.
"I feel really lucky to be here, especially as a rookie, and only top 30 to compete this week," Huh said. “… And the fact that Bill Haas was the 25th last year and he won the tournament and the FedEx, I believe I still have a chance. …
“But I need a little help from the guys in the top. So I'm just going to do my best and see what's going on."
Huh, who was born in New York and spent his youth in Korea, Chicago and Los Angeles, had modest goals for his rookie campaign on TOUR.
"Before I started the season, I told myself I want to just play a weekend, which is not easy to do that on the PGA TOUR, making the cut and playing a weekend, and being in contention," Huh said. "That was my goal before the season started, and it changed a little bit in the middle of the year.”
That's because Huh broke through in his sixth start on TOUR and nearly picked up another victory in Texas where he opened with a 44 but shot par or better on his next 45 holes to get in contention. Huh had a chip for birdie on the 72nd hole there that could have landed him in his second playoff.
He won’t have to worry about a cut this week at East Lake. But Huh will need to stay focused over all 72 holes against the elite field of 30.
"Some tournaments I feel like I've been too aggressive because of changing my goal a little, but I think I should just stay where I'm at right now and just feel like I play the weekend first and play good and finish well," Huh said.
All times Eastern.
Tuesday, Sept. 18
11 a.m. -- Jim Furyk (No. 18)
1 p.m. -- 2012 Payne Stewart Award winner revealed
Wednesday, Sept. 19
Tiger Woods (No. 2) – Following morning sponsor breakfast
Rory McIlroy (No. 1) – Following morning sponsor breakfast
10 a.m. – Nick Watney (No. 3)
11:15 a.m. – John Huh (No. 26)
1 p.m. – Luke Donald (No. 15)
2:30 p.m. – PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem
Phil Mickelson (No. 4)
Brandt Snedeker (No. 5)