Martin: Guthrie deserving of Player of the Year award
Luke Guthrie played less than half of a season on the Web.com Tour, but I believe his impressive performance was enough to merit him the Web.com Tour Player of the Year award.
The winner will be announced at 11:05 a.m. EST on Tuesday.
Guthrie, who turned pro after this year’s NCAA Championship, is one of three finalists for the award. He finished second on the money list in just 10 starts. Casey Wittenberg, who won the money list with $433,453, and rookie Russell Henley are the other finalists. Henley finished third on the money list with $400,116. All three players won twice in 2012. A look at the numbers shows why I believe Guthrie should be the player of the year:
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Number of starts: 10
Top-10s: 7 (70 percent of starts)
Money per start: $41,059.30
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Number of starts: 24
Top-10s: 8 (33 percent)
Money per start: $18,060.54
Wittenberg already has earned the Web.com Tour’s most important prize. The tour’s leading money winner earns a start in the 2013 Players Championship and is fully-exempt on the PGA Tour. The player of the year just earns a nice recognition.
It’s doubtful Henley will win the award after finishing third on the money list. He should be commended for an impressive close to the season, though. He finished with four consecutive top-6 finishes, including two victories, to finish third on the money list. Both of Henley’s wins came in playoffs. He earned $282,550 – 70.6 percent of his season earnings – in those final four weeks. His earnings in those four weeks alone would’ve ranked him 11th on the money list.