McIlroy, Lewis earn golf writers top award for 2012
Published on Monday, May. 27, 2013 11:25AM EDT Last updated on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 10:05AM EST
Rory McIlroy and Stacy Lewis have been named 2012 Players of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America.
Along with Champions Tour player Roger Champman, the trio were landslide winners in the balloting by golf journalists. McIlroy earned 97.9 percent of the 190 votes cast with Brandt Snedeker (3) and Tiger Woods (1) the only other players to earn consideration. This is the third year in a row - and fourth time in five years - that the GWAA award has gone to a European-born player. McIlroy also won the Golf Writers Trophy (a vote of the Association of Golf Writers) and both the PGA and European Tour Player of the Year honors.
Lewis received 78.8 percent of the vote for Female Player of the Year over Na Yeon Choi and Inbee Park.
In the Senior balloting, Chapman pulled 60 percent of the vote over Tom Lehman and Bernhard Langer.
McIlroy won fives times in 2012, including a tournament-record eight-shot win at the PGA Championship, and won the money titles on both the PGA TOUR and European Tours.
Lewis won four times to become the first American since Beth Daniel in 1994 to win the Rolex Player of the Year points list and the first American to win the GWAA's award since Juli Inkster in 1999.
Chapman started the year with conditional status on the Champions Tour, but the Englishman won the Senior PGA Championship in his first 2012 start. Seven weeks later, he came from four shots back to win the U.S. Senior Open by two shots over Bernhard Langer, 2012 Champions Tour Player of the Year Tom Lehman, Fred Funk and Corey Pavin. He is the fourth player to win the Senior PGA and Senior Open in the same year and the first player since Mike Reid in 2009 whose first two Champions wins were majors.