Vardon Trophy

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This article is about the American PGA Tour golf award. For the European Tour award, see Harry Vardon Trophy.

The Vardon Trophy is awarded by the PGA of America to the PGA Tour's leader in scoring average.[1] When the award was first given in 1937, it was awarded on the basis of a points system. No award was given from 1942–1946 due to World War II. In 1947, the PGA began awarding it for low scoring average. In 1988, the trophy began going to the golfer with the lowest adjusted scoring average over a minimum of 60 rounds, with no mid-round withdrawals (instituted in 1988[2]). The trophy is named for the Jersey golfing great Harry Vardon, who died in 1937.

The PGA Tour presents its own Byron Nelson Award annually to the player with the lowest adjusted scoring average for the year. It has a 50-round minimum, and was instituted in 1980.[3]

For both awards, non-medal rounds (such as in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and The International) count towards the minimum number of rounds but are not included in the calculation of the scoring average.[4]

Differences in the eligibility criteria for the awards have resulted in different players winning the awards on six occasions. In 1988, 1993, and 1995, Greg Norman won the Byron Nelson Award but not the Vardon Trophy because he failed to meet the 60 round minimum for the Vardon Trophy (52, 54, and 58 rounds, respectively).[5] This also happened to Tiger Woods in 2006 (55 rounds)[4][5] and Steve Stricker in 2013 (51 rounds). In 1989, Payne Stewart failed to qualify for the Vardon Trophy because of his mid-round withdrawal from the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.[6] In 1987, Dan Pohl won the Vardon Trophy even though David Frost and Paul Azinger both had lower averages;[5] Frost and Azinger were not PGA of America members, a requirement for eligibility that was dropped after the 1987 season.[7] The minimum rounds required also dropped from 80 to 60 at that time.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Adjusted Scoring Average
(60 round minimum)
Byron Nelson Award Adjusted Scoring Average
(50 round minimum)
2014 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy 68.83 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy 68.83
2013 United States Tiger Woods 68.98 United States Steve Stricker 68.95
2012 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy 68.87 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy 68.87
2011 England Luke Donald 68.86 England Luke Donald 68.86
2010 United States Matt Kuchar 69.61 United States Matt Kuchar 69.61
2009 United States Tiger Woods 68.05 United States Tiger Woods 68.05
2008 Spain Sergio García 69.12 Spain Sergio García 69.12
2007 United States Tiger Woods 67.79 United States Tiger Woods 67.79
2006 United States Jim Furyk 68.86 United States Tiger Woods 68.11
2005 United States Tiger Woods 68.66 United States Tiger Woods 68.66
2004 Fiji Vijay Singh 68.84 Fiji Vijay Singh 68.84
2003 United States Tiger Woods 68.41 United States Tiger Woods 68.41
2002 United States Tiger Woods 68.56 United States Tiger Woods 68.56
2001 United States Tiger Woods 68.81 United States Tiger Woods 68.81
2000 United States Tiger Woods 67.79 United States Tiger Woods 67.79
1999 United States Tiger Woods 68.43 United States Tiger Woods 68.43
1998 United States David Duval 69.13 United States David Duval 69.13
1997 Zimbabwe Nick Price 68.98 Zimbabwe Nick Price 68.98
1996 United States Tom Lehman 69.32 United States Tom Lehman 69.32
1995 Australia Steve Elkington 69.92 Australia Greg Norman 69.06
1994 Australia Greg Norman 68.81 Australia Greg Norman 68.81
1993 Zimbabwe Nick Price 69.11 Australia Greg Norman 68.90
1992 United States Fred Couples 69.38 United States Fred Couples 69.38
1991 United States Fred Couples 69.59 United States Fred Couples 69.38
1990 Australia Greg Norman 69.10 Australia Greg Norman 69.10
1989 Australia Greg Norman 69.49 United States Payne Stewart 69.485
1988 United States Chip Beck 69.46 Australia Greg Norman 69.38
Year Winner Scoring Average
(80 round minimum)
Byron Nelson Award Scoring Average
(50 round minimum)
1987 United States Dan Pohl 70.25 South Africa David Frost 70.09
1986 United States Scott Hoch 70.08 United States Scott Hoch 70.08
1985 United States Don Pooley 70.36 United States Don Pooley 70.36
1984 United States Calvin Peete 70.56 United States Calvin Peete 70.56
1983 United States Raymond Floyd 70.61 United States Raymond Floyd 70.61
1982 United States Tom Kite 70.21 United States Tom Kite 70.21
1981 United States Tom Kite 69.80 United States Tom Kite 69.80
1980 United States Lee Trevino 69.73 United States Lee Trevino 69.73
Year Winner Scoring Average
1979 United States Tom Watson 70.27
1978 United States Tom Watson 70.16
1977 United States Tom Watson 70.32
1976 United States Don January 70.56
1975 Australia Bruce Crampton 70.57
1974 United States Lee Trevino 70.53
1973 Australia Bruce Crampton 70.57
1972 United States Lee Trevino 70.89
1971 United States Lee Trevino 70.27
1970 United States Lee Trevino 70.64
1969 United States Dave Hill 70.34
1968 United States Billy Casper 69.82
1967 United States Arnold Palmer 70.18
1966 United States Billy Casper 70.27
1965 United States Billy Casper 70.85
1964 United States Arnold Palmer 70.01
1963 United States Billy Casper 70.58
1962 United States Arnold Palmer 70.27
1961 United States Arnold Palmer 69.85
1960 United States Billy Casper 69.95
1959 United States Art Wall 70.35
1958 United States Bob Rosburg 70.11
1957 United States Dow Finsterwald 70.30
1956 United States Cary Middlecoff 70.35
1955 United States Sam Snead 69.86
1954 United States E. J. Harrison 70.41
1953 United States Lloyd Mangrum 70.22
1952 United States Jack Burke, Jr. 70.54
1951 United States Lloyd Mangrum 70.05
1950 United States Sam Snead 69.23
1949 United States Sam Snead 69.37
1948 United States Ben Hogan 69.30
1947 United States Jimmy Demaret 69.90
Year Winner Points
1941 United States Ben Hogan 494
1940 United States Ben Hogan 423
1939 United States Byron Nelson 473
1938 United States Sam Snead 520
1937 United States Harry Cooper 500

Multiple winners[edit]

Fourteen men have won the Vardon Trophy more than once (1937–2014).

  • 9 wins
    • Tiger Woods: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013

Five men have won the Byron Nelson Award more than once (1980–2014).

  • 9 wins
    • Tiger Woods: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PGA Champion Rory McIlroy wins PGA Player of Year and Vardon Trophy". November 12, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ Dorman, Larry (October 26, 1995). "Norman's Grip on Trophy Broken by a Technicality". The New York Times. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship Media Guide". p. 75. Retrieved March 5, 2013. The Byron Nelson Award 
  4. ^ a b "Tiger passes on Funai ... and Scoring Title". NBC Sports. Associated Press. October 18, 2006. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Scoring Average". PGA Tour. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ Hershey, Steve (August 31, 1989). "Calcavecchia back into swing with player of year honor on line". USA Today. p. C6. Retrieved March 12, 2013. Stewart withdrew Tuesday, citing back problems. He's No. 3 in player of the year standings, although he was disqualified from the Vardon scoring because he pulled out with a bad back at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am... 
  7. ^ Rosaforte, Tim (November 14, 1987). "PGA cleans up Vardon's image". The Palm Beach Post (Palm Beach, Florida). p. 3C. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 

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