A three-time winner during the 2018-19 season, Rory McIlroy won his second FedExCup title, becoming the second player to win the season-long race multiple times (joining Tiger Woods).

The FedExCup is awarded to the season champion at the end of the TOUR Championship, based on a points system.

Season FedExCup Champion
2018-19 Rory McIlroy
2017-18 Justin Rose
2016-17 Justin Thomas
2015-16 Rory McIlroy
2014-15 Jordan Spieth
2013-14 Billy Horschel
2013 Henrik Stenson
2012 Brandt Snedeker
2011 Bill Haas
2010 Jim Furyk
2009 Tiger Woods
2008 Vijay Singh
2007 Tiger Woods


Rory McIlroy won the 2019 Jack Nicklaus Award after winning the FedExCup and leading the PGA TOUR in Scoring Average (69.06) and top-10s (14).

The Jack Nicklaus Award is awarded annually to the PGA TOUR Player of the Year as voted on by PGA TOUR members who played in at least 15 official FedExCup events during the season.

Season Player of the Year
2018-19 Rory McIlroy
2017-18 Brooks Koepka
2016-17 Justin Thomas
2015-16 Dustin Johnson
2014-15 Jordan Spieth
2013-14 Rory McIlroy
2013 Tiger Woods
2012 Rory McIlroy
2011 Luke Donald
2010 Jim Furyk
2009 Tiger Woods
2008 Padraig Harrington
2007 Tiger Woods
2006 Tiger Woods
2005 Tiger Woods
2004 Vijay Singh
2003 Tiger Woods
2002 Tiger Woods
2001 Tiger Woods
2000 Tiger Woods
1999 Tiger Woods
1998 Mark O'Meara
1997 Tiger Woods
1996 Tom Lehman
1995 Greg Norman
1994 Nick Price
1993 Nick Price
1992 Fred Couples
1991 Fred Couples
1990 Wayne Levi


2019 Rookie of the Year Sungjae Im, the lone rookie to advance to the season-ending TOUR Championship, led the PGA TOUR in Birdies (480), Eagles (18), Rounds in the 60s (60) and Hole-Outs (25).

The Arnold Palmer Award is awarded annually to the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year as voted on by PGA TOUR members who played in at least 15 official FedExCup events during the season

Season Rookie of the Year
2018-19 Sungjae Im
2017-18 Aaron Wise
2016-17 Xander Schauffele
2015-16 Emiliano Grillo
2014-15 Daniel Berger
2013-14 Chesson Hadley
2013 Jordan Spieth
2012 John Huh
2011 Keegan Bradley
2010 Rickie Fowler
2009 Marc Leishman
2008 Andres Romero
2007 Brandt Snedeker
2006 Trevor Immelman
2005 Sean O'Hair
2004 Todd Hamilton
2003 Ben Curtis
2002 Jonathan Byrd
2001 Charles Howell III
2000 Michael Clark II
1999 Carlos Franco
1998 Steve Flesch
1997 Stewart Cink
1996 Tiger Woods
1995 Woody Austin
1994 Ernie Els
1993 Vijay Singh
1992 Mark Carnevale
1991 John Daly
1990 Robert Gamez


With a Scoring Average of 69.06, Rory McIlroy won the Byron Nelson Award for the 2018-19 season.

The Byron Nelson Award is based on each player’s adjusted scoring average. The adjusted score is computed from the average score of the field at each tournament. As a result, a player’s score may be higher or lower than his actual score. Actual scoring average was used to determine the scoring leader prior to 1988. In order to qualify for the Byron Nelson Award, a player must compete in a minimum of 50 official rounds on the PGA TOUR. The PGA of America awards the Vardon Trophy based on the same criteria.

Season Byron Nelson Award Winner Scoring Avg. Season Byron Nelson Award Winner Scoring Avg.
2018-19 Rory McIlroy 69.06 1999 Tiger Woods 68.43
2017-18 Dustin Johnson 68.70 1998 David Duval 69.13
2016-17 Jordan Spieth 68.84 1997 Nick Price 68.98
2015-16 Dustin Johnson 69.17 1996 Tom Lehman 69.32
2014-15 Jordan Spieth 68.94 1995 Greg Norman 69.06
2013-14 Rory McIlroy 68.83 1994 Greg Norman 68.81
2013 Steve Stricker 68.95 1993 Greg Norman 68.90
2012 Rory McIlroy 68.87 1992 Fred Couples 69.38
2011 Luke Donald 68.86 1991 Fred Couples 69.59
2010 Matt Kuchar 69.61 1990 Greg Norman 69.10
2009 Tiger Woods 68.05 1989 Payne Stewart 69.49
2008 Sergio Garcia 69.12 1988 Greg Norman 69.38
2007 Tiger Woods 67.79 1987 David Frost 70.09
2006 Tiger Woods 68.11 1986 Scott Hoch 70.08
2005 Tiger Woods 68.66 1985 Don Pooley 70.36
2004 Vijay Singh 68.84 1984 Calvin Peete 70.56
2003 Tiger Woods 68.41 1983 Raymond Floyd 70.61
2002 Tiger Woods 68.56 1982 Tom Kite 70.21
2001 Tiger Woods 68.81 1981 Tom Kite 69.80
2000 Tiger Woods 67.79 1980 Lee Trevino 69.73


In recognition of his supreme level of character and sportsmanship, his professionalism and the distinguished manner in which he embraces the values of golf, Hale Irwin was named the recipient of the 2019 Payne Stewart Award presented by Southern Company on August 23.

The award is named for Payne Stewart, an 11-time PGA TOUR winner, including three major championships. Stewart died the week of the TOUR Championship in 1999. The award was created by the PGA TOUR Policy Board to perpetuate Stewart’s memory. It is presented annually at the TOUR Championship to a player sharing Stewart’s respect for the traditions of the game, his commitment to uphold the game’s heritage of charitable support and the professional and meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct. In addition to a sculpture presented to the recipient, the Payne Stewart Award is accompanied by an annual Payne Stewart Award Grant presented by Southern Company. The $300,000 grant will support several initiatives in Stewart’s name to be distributed as follows: $100,000 to Payne and Tracey Stewart’s primary charity, The Stewart Family Foundation; $100,000 to the Payne Stewart Memorial Golf & Leadership Complex at Kids Across America Kamps; and $100,000 to a charity designated by the recipient.

Year Payne Stewart Award Winner
2019 Hale Irwin
2018 Bernhard Langer
2017 Stewart Cink
2016 Jim Furyk
2015 Ernie Els
2014 Nick Faldo
2013 Peter Jacobsen
2012 Steve Stricker
2011 David Toms
2010 Tom Lehman
2009 Kenny Perry
2008 Davis Love III
2007 Hal Sutton
2006 Gary Player
2005 Brad Faxon
2004 Jay Haas
2003 Tom Watson
2002 Nick Price
2001 Ben Crenshaw
2000 Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer


A tribute to Jarrod Lyle, recipient of the 2015 Courage Award, is displayed at the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Lyle made a hole-in-one at the famed 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale in 2011. He passed away on August 8, 2018, after a battle with Leukemia. 

The PGA TOUR Courage Award is presented to a player who, through courage and perseverance, has overcome extraordinary adversity, such as personal tragedy or debilitating injury or illness, to make a significant and meaningful contribution to the game of golf. Prior to 2012, the award was given to the Comeback Player of the Year.

Year Courage Award Winner
2018 Gene Sauers
2015 Jarrod Lyle
2013 Erik Compton
2010 Stuart Appleby
2008 Dudley Hart
2007 Steve Stricker
2006 Steve Stricker
2005 Olin Browne
2004 John Daly
2003 Peter Jacobsen
2002 Gene Sauers
2001 Joe Durant
2000 Paul Azinger
1999 Steve Pate
1998 Scott Verplank
1997 Bill Glasson
1996 Steve Jones
1995 Bob Tway
1994 Hal Sutton
1993 Howard Twitty
1992 John Cook
1991 Bruce Fleisher, D.A. Weibring


Associated Press

Male Athlete of the Year

Year Player
2006 Tiger Woods
2000 Tiger Woods
1999 Tiger Woods
1997 Tiger Woods
1971 Lee Trevino
1953 Ben Hogan
1945 Byron Nelson
1944 Byron Nelson
1932 Gene Sarazen

Associated Press

Athlete of the Decade

Year Player
2000s Tiger Woods

Sporting News

Man of the Year

Year Player
1971 Lee Trevino

Sports Illustrated

Sportsman of the Year

Year Player
2000 Tiger Woods
1996 Tiger Woods
1978 Jack Nicklaus
1971 Lee Trevino
1964 Ken Venturi
1960 Arnold Palmer

Sports Illustrated

20th Century Sports Awards

Year Player
1999 Jack Nicklaus

Presidential Medal of Freedom

Year Player
2019 Tiger Woods
2014 Charlie Sifford
2005 Jack Nicklaus
2004 Arnold Palmer

Congressional Gold Medal

Year Player
2015 Jack Nicklaus
2009 Arnold Palmer
2006 Byron Nelson


Tournament of the Year

Season Tournament
2017-18 Waste Management Phoenix Open
2016-17 Travelers Championship
2015-16 John Deere Classic
2014-15 Waste Management Phoenix Open
2013-14 BMW Championship, Waste Management Phoenix Open
2013 BMW Championship
2012 BMW Championship
2011 The Greenbrier Classic
2010 Quail Hollow Championship
2009 Quail Hollow Championship
2008 BMW Championship

Charity of the Year

Season Charity Tournament
2017-18 Second Helpings RBC Heritage
2016-17 Carvin School Puerto Rico Open
2015-16 Each One. Tell One. Barracuda Championship
2014-15 Monarch School Farmers Insurance Open
2013-14 The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Travelers Championship
2013 Memory Matters RBC Heritage
2012 The Children's Cabinet Reno-Tahoe Open
2011 River Bend Foodbank John Deere Classic
2010 Ryan House Waste Management Phoenix Open
2009 Arnold Palmer Medical Center Arnold Palmer Invitational
2008 Whaley Children's Center Buick Open
2007 Academy Prep Center for Education PODS Championship
2006 Any Baby Can Valero Texas Open
2005 St. Michael's Special School Zurich Classic of New Orleans
2004 Evans Scholars Foundation Cialis Western Open
2003 Respite Care of San Antonio Valero Texas Open
2002 Children's Healthcare of Atlanta BellSouth Classic
2001 Homeward Bound Phoenix Open
2000 Volunteers in Medicine WorldCom Classic - The Heritage of Golf
1999 Louisiana Chapter of Operation Smile Compaq Classic of New Orleans
1998 St. Jude Children's Research Hospital FedEx St. Jude Classic
1997 Martha's Kitchen Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
1996 The Thunderbird Youth Fund Phoenix Open
1995 The Pro Kids Golf Academy Buick Invitational
1994 La. Children's Research Center for Development and Learning Freeport-McMoRan Classic
1993 Chinquapin School Shell Houston Open
1992 United Health Services System B.C. Open
1991 Arrowhead Ranch for Boys Hardee's Golf Classic
1990 Salesmanship Club GTE Byron Nelson Classic
1989 Bobby Benson Foundation United Airlines Hawaiian Open
1988 Siskin Memorial Foundation Chattanooga Classic
1987 Egleston Hospital for Children Bellsouth Classic

Volunteer of the Year

Season Volunteer Tournament
2017-18 Henry "Skip" Monge Barracuda Championship
2016-17 Chuck Austin John Deere Classic
2015-16 Karen and Don Whamond THE NORTHERN TRUST
2014-15 Doug Wertz Zurich Classic of New Orleans
2013-14 Jim Hunt Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
2013 Darlene Riggs THE PLAYERS Championship
2012 Terry Russ Shell Houston Open
2011 Ray Berlinger Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic
2010 Mel Krejci BMW Championship
2009 Virginia Lane TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola
2008 Joan Smith Buick Invitational
2007 Phyllis Wade Northern Trust Open
2006 Marty Sheets Wyndham Championship
2005 John Hamilton Cialis Western Open
2004 Peggy Nelson EDS Byron Nelson Championship
2003 Bobby Tsumura Sony Open in Hawaii
2002 Dick Searle AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
2001 Mary Cave Buick Invitational
2000 Earl Elliott Shell Houston Open, TOUR Championship
1999 Steve Jacobs John Deere Classic
1998 Dorothy Campbell the Memorial Tournament