Rory McIlroy's Irish Open vow after earning top award

McIlroy tops Koepka for PGA Tour player of the year

Rory McIlroy's Irish Open vow after earning top award

Rory McIlroy has been voted PGA Tour player of the year over Brooks Koepka after posting the most top-10 finishes and winning the FedEx Cup.

After playing exclusively in the USA until July, skipping the Irish Open at Lahinch, McIlroy racked up 14 top-10 finishes in the U.S. and vowed to repeat his US-based schedule in 2020 before admitting that with a May 28-31 date likely for the Irish Open in 2020, he'd "definitely" play if such a move is confirmed.

A victor in 2016, McIlroy became the second player to win multiple FedExCups, following Tiger Woods, and the first player to win it along with The Players Championship in the same season.

After a somewhat surprising vote by PGA Tour members, McIlroy also edged Koepka for PGA Tour Player of the Year honors on Wednesday.

Koepka, who two weeks ago was named PGA of America Player of the Year, was considered the front-runner for the award after finishing in the top-five at all four majors, including at the PGA Championship where he picked up his fourth major title.

McIlroy meanwhile admitted he had been somewhat surprised to pip PGA Championship victor and world number one Koepka to the award.

Maybe Monahan, seated next to him, was dangling McIlroy's $15 million FedEx Cup check. Players just don't feel only four weeks are important.

No. Not even McIlroy expected McIlroy to beat out Koepka for the honor.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy reacts on the 10th green during the first round of the British Open golf Championships at Royal Portrush golf club in Northern Ireland on 18 July 2019. Many of them are average pros who will never win a major, but have a clear understanding of how hard it is to finish inside the top-10 almost every week.

"I think that's a huge vote of confidence from the players that we play for more than maybe what the narrative suggests". For years, the tour has been working hard to position its flagship event as golf's fifth major.

The course at the Greenbrier is one of the most interesting these guys will play this fall, and following this event should be quite enjoyable if you're into low-key events at terrific tracks. Koepka finished with nine top-10s in 21 events and tells anyone he can that he barely cares about regular events. That's why Dustin Johnson's 20 PGA tour wins impress tour pros more than they impress media and fans.

Worldwide team captain Ernie Els and United States captain Woods will make their four selections to complete their 12-man teams on November 4 for the December 9-15 matchplay showdown at Royal Melbourne.

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