RORY MCILROY MAKES SKYSPORTS GOLFER OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST
The golfing schedule for 2016 has seen quite a lot of action in the campaign and is slowly drawing to an end.
SkySports has taken advantage of that to draw up a shortlist of potential contenders that could clinch the coveted title of player of the year.
The first on the list is Henrik Stenson, who in 2013, had won the Race to Dubai title and an Olympic Silver medal as well. Stenson, 40 years old, posted a total of 12 worldwide top-10s. The BMW International Open, saw him ease to victory, some three weeks before he went on to claim a historic three shot win at The Open.
In a final round tussle at the Rio Olympics with Justin Rose, his Ryder Cup team mate, Stenson was narrowly beaten before his climb to the top as European’s No 1 was helped by a runner-up finish at the WGC-HSBC Champions.
Another invaluable golfer on the list is Alex Noren, Swedish counterpart and ninth in the World rankings. The 2016 schedule has seen him win more silverware that any other players in the European Tour.
In the space of 11 tournaments, he has gotten to the winner’s circle four times. After missing the cut at the US open, Noren fell in the world’s top ranking, below 100. He however, responded with success at the European Masters and the Scottish Open.
The third on the list is Rory McIlroy, who has for a fourth time in five years, been unable to win the Race to Dubai where he ended in the fifth position. However, he won the highest earnings of his career in this year
McIlroy secured victory in the Irish Open on home soil, with a stunning final-hole eagle. Also, at the PGA tour, a 16 month winless run for McIlroy was finally ended when he sent home a two-shot win at the Deutsche Bank Championship.