PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year: Past winnersDecember 16, 2009
PGA TOUR Rookies of the Year Year Player Comment 1990 Robert Gamez Two victories within first nine starts and six top-25s in all on way to nearly $500,000 in earnings. 1991 John Daly Playing as ninth alternate, won the PGA Championship. Finished year with 11 top-25s in 33 events. 1992 Mark Carnevale Captured Chattanooga Classic with final-round 64 and had three top-25s in 28 events. 1993 Vijay Singh Had six top-10s in 14 starts, including a playoff victory at Buick Classic and T4 at PGA Championship. 1994 Ernie Els Beat Loren Roberts and Colin Montgomerie in playoff at U.S. Open; also had three other top-10s. 1995 Woody Austin Won the Buick Open in a playoff and was one of three rookies to qualify for THE TOUR Championship. 1996 Tiger Woods Two victories, including playoff win over Davis Love III in Las Vegas, and three top-10s in eight starts. 1997 Stewart Cink Won the Greater Hartford Open and went on to finish 29th on the money list; lone rookie to qualify for THE TOUR Championship. 1998 Steve Flesch Became the first left-hander to receive the honor after seven consecutive top-25s, including a second and a third. 1999 Carlos Franco Became only the eighth rookie since 1960 to win twice and was seventhon the money list; also tied for sixth at Masters. 2000 Michael Clark II Won the John Deere Classic in a playoff and had seven top-25s in 28 events. 2001 Charles Howell III Had five top-10s, including a playoff loss at Greater Milwaukee Open, on his way to more than $1.5 million in earnings. 2002 Jonathan Byrd Won Buick Challenge before T5 a week later at Southern Farm Bureau Classic; four top-10s in all. 2003 Ben Curtis Won British Open in first career major championship start, jumping him from 396th in the Official World Golf Rankings to 35th. 2004 Todd Hamilton The 38-year-old won twice, including at the British Open, beating Ernie Els in a playoff; also T6 at WGC-American Express Championship. 2005 Sean O'Hair Won John Deere Classic with final-round 65; second at EDS Byron Nelson Championship; T15 at the British Open. 2006 Trevor Immelman Won Cialis Western Open on way to finishing seventh on the money list; eight top-10s in 24 starts. 2007 Brandt Snedeker Won the Wyndham Championship and set Torrey Pines North Course record with 11-under 61 in first round of Buick Invitational; six top-10s in all. 2008 Andres Romero Got first career victory in just 12th start, capturing Zurich Classic of New Orleans; T8 at the Masters and T7 at the PGA Championship. 2009 Marc Leishman Runner-up at BMW Championship led to him qualifying for THE TOUR Championship; also had top-10s at Valero Texas Open and HP Byron Nelson Championship.
The award is based on balloting by PGA TOUR players. Below is a history of the award.