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SportRory McIlroy beats Brooks Koepka to win PGA Tour Player of the Year award for the third time

04:45  12 september  2019
04:45  12 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Rory McIlroy beat out Brooks Koepka to his third PGA Tour Player of the Year honor. Voting for the award was open to players who competed in at least 15 official FedEx Cup events during the 2018-19 season. McIlroy , 30, also won the Jack Nicklaus Award as Player of the Year in 2012 and 2014.

The Ulsterman won three times in 2019, including the Tour Championship. McIlroy beat out Brooks Koepka -- the PGA Championship winner -- in the player vote despite not winning a major "On behalf of the PGA Tour , my congratulations to Rory McIlroy on being voted the 2019 PGA Tour

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Rory McIlroy added another award to his trophy cabinet as he was named the PGA Tour Player of the Year on Wednesday for a third time following a 2018-19 campaign capped by his FedExCup championship triumph.

The 30-year-old Northern Irishman beat Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar and Xander Schauffele in a vote by players for the Jack Nicklaus Award.

Rory McIlroy beats Brooks Koepka to win PGA Tour Player of the Year award for the third time © 2019 Tracy Wilcox/PGA TOUR JUPITER, FL - SEPTEMBER 11: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is named the 2019 PGA TOUR Player of the Year. McIlroy poses with his trophies during the Player of the Year ceremony at The Bear's Club on September 11, 2019 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Tracy Wilcox/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

McIlroy, who won the award in 2012 and 2014, made 17 of 19 cuts while racking up three victories, including at the season-ending Tour Championship where he also claimed the FedExCup.

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— Rory McIlroy is the PGA Tour player of the year , and even he was a little surprised. In a vote of the players , who presumably gave as much weight to the whole season as the four biggest weeks, McIlroy won the Jack Nicklaus Award over Brooks Koepka . It was the third time McIlroy won the

Rory McIlroy has taken the Jack Nicklaus Award for a third time . McIlroy admitted he was surprised to win the award over Koepka , who last month was named PGA of America South Korean Im Sung-jae was voted PGA Tour Rookie of the Year after a campaign in which he had seven top-10

The four-times major champion's other victories came at The Players Championship and RBC Canadian Open, where he set a tournament record and won by seven shots -- the largest winning margin of the season.

Gallery: 2018-19 PGA Tour tournament winners (USA Today)

Rory McIlroy beats Brooks Koepka to win PGA Tour Player of the Year award for the third time

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement: 'While there are a number of honors one can receive in this game, PGA Tour Player of the Year has to be among the most satisfying as it comes directly from his peers.

'Rory's season was a model of consistency punctuated by milestone victories and ultimately the FedExCup in Atlanta.'

Rory McIlroy beats Brooks Koepka to win PGA Tour Player of the Year award for the third time © ASSOCIATED PRESS Brooks Koepka hits from the first tee during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Koepka, who two weeks ago was named PGA of America Player of the Year, was considered the front-runner for the award after finishing in the top-five at all four majors, including at the PGA Championship where he picked up his fourth major title.

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MORE: How Koepka won the PGA Championship Koepka , who won a second consecutive U.S. Open Championship in June, powered his way to the PGA Player of the Year award by winning the PGA Championship in August. He collected 126 total points based upon two major championship victories

Rory McIlroy beats Brooks Koepka , Matt Kuchar and Xander Schauffele in a vote by the players for the PGA Tour award . FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy has been named as the PGA Tour Player of the Year for a third time . Koepka , who also registered three wins during the season, won the

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