History

PGA Tour Player of the Year & PGA Player of the Year

Players on the PGA Tour compete for two player of the year awards.

The PGA Player of the Year award was created in 1948 and is awarded by the PGA of America. Since 1982 the winner has been selected using a points system based on wins, money list position and scoring average.

Introduced in 1990, the PGA Tour Player of the Year award, aka the Jack Nicklaus Trophy, is awarded by the PGA Tour. The winner is selected by tour players by ballot, and details of the results are not released.

The same player has won both awards every year other than the first two.

Year PGA Player of the Year PGA Tour Player of the Year
Jack Nicklaus Trophy
2018      Brooks Koepka      Brooks Koepka
2017      Justin Thomas      Justin Thomas
2016      Dustin Johnson      Dustin Johnson
2015      Jordan Spieth[68]      Jordan Spieth
2014      Rory McIlroy (2)      Rory McIlroy (2)
2013      Tiger Woods (11)      Tiger Woods (11)
2012      Rory McIlroy      Rory McIlroy
2011      Luke Donald      Luke Donald
2010      Jim Furyk      Jim Furyk
2009      Tiger Woods (10)      Tiger Woods (10)
2008      Pádraig Harrington      Pádraig Harrington
2007      Tiger Woods (9)      Tiger Woods (9)
2006      Tiger Woods (8)      Tiger Woods (8)
2005      Tiger Woods (7)      Tiger Woods (7)
2004      Vijay Singh      Vijay Singh
2003      Tiger Woods (6)      Tiger Woods (6)
2002      Tiger Woods (5)      Tiger Woods (5)
2001      Tiger Woods (4)      Tiger Woods (4)
2000      Tiger Woods (3)      Tiger Woods (3)
1999      Tiger Woods (2)      Tiger Woods (2)
1998      Mark O'Meara      Mark O'Meara
1997      Tiger Woods      Tiger Woods
1996      Tom Lehman      Tom Lehman
1995      Greg Norman      Greg Norman
1994      Nick Price (2)      Nick Price (2)
1993      Nick Price      Nick Price
1992      Fred Couples      Fred Couples (2)
1991      Corey Pavin      Fred Couples
1990      Nick Faldo      Wayne Levi
Year PGA Player of the Year
1989      Tom Kite
1988      Curtis Strange
1987      Paul Azinger
1986      Bob Tway
1985      Lanny Wadkins
1984      Tom Watson (6)
1983      Hal Sutton
1982      Tom Watson (5)
1981      Bill Rogers
1980      Tom Watson (4)
1979      Tom Watson (3)
1978      Tom Watson (2)
1977      Tom Watson
1976      Jack Nicklaus (5)
1975      Jack Nicklaus (4)
1974      Johnny Miller
1973      Jack Nicklaus (3)
1972      Jack Nicklaus (2)
1971      Lee Trevino
1970      Billy Casper (2)
1969      Orville Moody
1968 No award was presented due to rift between PGA of America and professional golfers on the PGA tour
1967      Jack Nicklaus
1966      Billy Casper
1965      Dave Marr
1964      Ken Venturi
1963      Julius Boros (2)
1962      Arnold Palmer (2)
1961      Jerry Barber
1960      Arnold Palmer
1959      Art Wall, Jr.
1958      Dow Finsterwald
1957      Dick Mayer
1956      Jack Burke, Jr.
1955      Doug Ford
1954      Ed Furgol
1953      Ben Hogan (4)
1952      Julius Boros
1951      Ben Hogan (3)
1950      Ben Hogan (2)
1949      Sam Snead
1948      Ben Hogan