Scottie Scheffler has been named as the PGA Tour player of the year as, to no-one’s great surprise, short-listed Australian star Cameron Smith missed out on the prestigious accolade.
A potentially embarrassing situation arose for the PGA when Queenslander Smith earned his place on the three-man shortlist along with Scheffler and Rory McIlroy.
It came just a few days after the British Open champion had deserted the PGA Tour to join its bitter new rival, the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series.
But the PGA Tour chiefs were doubtless left breathing sighs of relief on Saturday when the voters – fellow PGA Tour members who’ve played in 15 tournaments – plumped overwhelmingly for Scheffler, as he picked up 89% of the votes.
Even given Smith’s stellar year, having won The Players Championship and the Open at St Andrews en route to becoming the world No.2, there still couldn’t be any great argument…