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Jim Furyk voted PGA Tour player of the year

Furyk tops on tour

Jim Furyk was voted PGA Tour player of the year by his colleagues, and making it even more meaningful was the image on the trophy, officially known as the Jack Nicklaus Award. Furyk played college and amateur golf against Gary Nicklaus, Jack's son, and once played a practice round with the 18-time major champion. Nicklaus was the captain of four Memorial and Presidents Cup teams on which Furyk played. But what really helped is whom Furyk married. "He's always had a special place for me because of my wife (Tabitha) being a Buckeye," Furyk said with a grin. "That was my in." Nicklaus, of course, was a legend at Ohio State.

McDowell feted

U.S. Open champion and Ryder Cup hero Graeme McDowell won the Golf Writers' Trophy for 2010, which the Association of Golf Writers presents to the top European performer. With a record number of votes cast, the AGW said McDowell narrowly beat out the winning Ryder Cup team. Martin Kaymer, who won the PGA Championship and captured the Order of Merit, finished third. He was followed by Lee Westwood, the first European in 18 years to be No. 1 in the world.

Annika expecting

Annika Sorenstam is not going to make a comeback anytime soon. Sorenstam sent out a tweet on Tuesday announcing she was pregnant for the second time. "Mike and I are happy to share that our family will be a foursome by early summer. Ava is ready to be a big sister." Ava is Sorenstam's first child, born after she retired in 2009.

Dropping the bag

After eight years as a caddie, Brett Waldman needs one himself now. The caddie for Camilo Villegas said he will play the Nationwide Tour next year instead of working for one of golf's top players. Waldman earned his shot by completing an amazing ride through Q-school. It wasn't enough to earn a PGA Tour card, but Waldman, who played college golf at Central Florida and Kansas State, is fully exempt on the next best U.S. tour.

IGF picks leader

Royal and Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson was appointed the first president of world golf's governing body. Ty Votaw was named vice president of the International Golf Federation. He is an executive vice president for the PGA Tour. Both will serve two-year terms beginning Jan. 1.

This week on Tour

PGA Europe: South African Open, Durban Country Club, Durban, South Africa. TV: Today-Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Golf Channel.

Reality check of the week

As a rookie, Rickie Fowler earned $2,857,108. That puts him $50,130 behind Lee Trevino on the PGA Tour's career earnings list. Trevino had a 23-year career and won 29 times on the PGA Tour.

Jim Furyk voted PGA Tour player of the year 12/15/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 6:58pm]
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