In edging Rory McIlroy for the GWAA men’s player of the year, Koepka becomes the first to repeat since Tiger Woods in 2005-07
Won: Their respective player-of-the-year awards from the Golf Writers Association of America, Brooks Koepka (men), Jin Young Ko (women) and Scott McCarron (senior). Koepka, an American and the reigning No. 1-ranked player in the world, won 44 percent of the writers’ votes to defeat Rory McIlroy (36 percent). McIlroy edged Koepka for the PGA Tour’s player of the year in balloting by their peers. Koepka, 29, an American, finished among the top four at all four major championships, including repeating as the PGA champion. He was the first player since Tiger Woods, who won in 2005-07, to repeat as the GWAA’s award winner. South Korea’s Ko won four times on the LPGA, including two major championships, the ANA Inspiration and Evian, in sweeping the women’s tour’s POY, money title and stroke-average crowns. McCarron won three times on the Champions Tour. The three will receive their awards at the GWAA’s annual awards dinner on April 8 in Augusta, Ga., during Masters week.