3 great years in golf, 2 of them already forgotten

The PGA Tour’s social media army must have meant well.

The tweet, which was sent Monday night, celebrated great years for Rory McIlroy and Lydia Ko, and with good reason. Both delivered their best and most consistent golf. Both won the points race on their respective tours and the trophy for the lowest points average. Money can be distorted. Results don’t lie.

They became PGA Tour and LPGA Tour Player of the Year, the former a player vote, the latter based on points.

Royal golfers? Secure.

But when the PGA Tour suggests that they “ruled the golf world in 1922,” that’s firing Scottie Scheffler and ignoring Cameron Smith.

It also overlooks the fact that neither McIlroy nor Ko have won a major championship. That’s not a requirement for a great year, but it’s noticeable – especially among the men – when players who’ve won that much or more can boast a green jacket or burgundy pitcher.

Besides, the year isn’t over yet.

Smith accepted the keys to his hometown of Brisbane, where he plays the Australian PGA Championship, on Tuesday. He will be aiming for his fifth win of the year with the Australian Open still to come next week.

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