Activities Sports & Athletics Player of the Year Awards for the PGA Tour PGA Tour, PGA of America Both Give Trophies; These Are All the Winners Share PINTEREST Email Print Tom Watson was a six-time winner of the PGA Player of the Year award. Phil Inglis/Getty Images Sports & Athletics Golf Golf Tournaments Basics History Gear Golf Courses Famous Golfers Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Brent Kelley Brent Kelley is an award-winning sports journalist and golf expert with over 30 years in print and online journalism. our editorial process Brent Kelley Updated September 11, 2019 The PGA Player of the Year Award was first bestowed in 1948 by the PGA of America, which, at that time, ran the PGA Tour through its tournament division. Beginning in 1990, two different Player of the Year awards have been named: The PGA Tour introduced its own award, which joined the one bestowed by the PGA of America. The lists of winners of the two different Player of the Year awards given to PGA Tour golfers are very similar—but they are not identical because the awards are chosen via two different methods. PGA Player of the Year Winners The award given by the PGA of America has been based on a points system since 1982. Golfers earn points for accomplishments throughout the PGA Tour season—wins, top 10 finishes, bonus for wins in majors, plus the player's standing on the money list and season scoring average rankings. 2019 — Brooks Koepka2018 — Brooks Koepka2017 — Justin Thomas2016 — Dustin Johnson2015 — Jordan Spieth2014 — Rory McIlroy2013 — Tiger Woods2012 — Rory McIlroy2011 — Luke Donald2010 — Jim Furyk2009 — Tiger Woods2008 — Padraig Harrington2007 — Tiger Woods2006 — Tiger Woods2005 — Tiger Woods2004 — Vijay Singh2003 — Tiger Woods2002 — Tiger Woods2001 — Tiger Woods2000 — Tiger Woods1999 — Tiger Woods1998 — Mark O'Meara1997 — Tiger Woods1996 — Tom Lehman1995 — Greg Norman1994 — Nick Price1993 — Nick Price1992 — Fred Couples1991 — Corey Pavin1990 — Nick Faldo1989 — Tom Kite1988 — Curtis Strange1987 — Paul Azinger1986 — Bob Tway1985 — Lanny Wadkins1984 — Tom Watson1983 — Hal Sutton1982 — Tom Watson1981 — Bill Rogers1980 — Tom Watson1979 — Tom Watson1978 — Tom Watson1977 — Tom Watson1976 — Jack Nicklaus1975 — Jack Nicklaus1974 — Johnny Miller1973 — Jack Nicklaus1972 — Jack Nicklaus1971 — Lee Trevino1970 — Billy Casper1969 — Orville Moody1968 — Not awarded1967 — Jack Nicklaus1966 — Billy Casper1965 — Dave Marr1964 — Ken Venturi1963 — Julius Boros1962 — Arnold Palmer1961 — Jerry Barber1960 — Arnold Palmer1959 — Art Wall1958 — Dow Finsterwald1957 — Dick Mayer1956 — Jack Burke1955 — Doug Ford1954 — Ed Furgol1953 — Ben Hogan1952 — Julius Boros1951 — Ben Hogan1950 — Ben Hogan1949 — Sam Snead1948 — Ben Hogan Which golfer has won the most PGA Player of the Year awards? Far and away, it is Tiger Woods, who has won nearly twice as often as the next closest golfer on the list. These are the golfers who have won the PGA of America's award multiple times: Tiger Woods—11 wins Tom Watson—6 Jack Nicklaus—5 Ben Hogan—4 Julius Boros, Billy Casper, Rory McIlroy, Arnold Palmer and Nick Price are each two-time winners. PGA Tour's Player of the Year Award Beginning in 1990, the PGA Tour started handing out its own award. The tour's award winner is selected through a vote by PGA Tour members once the season ends. The winner of the vote receives the Jack Nicklaus Trophy. 2019 — Rory McIlroy2018 — Brooks Koepka2017 — Justin Thomas2016 — Dustin Johnson2015 — Jordan Spieth2014 — Rory McIlroy2013 — Tiger Woods2012 — Rory McIlroy2011 — Luke Donald2010 — Jim Furyk2009 — Tiger Woods2008 — Padraig Harrington2007 — Tiger Woods2006 — Tiger Woods2005 — Tiger Woods2004 — Vijay Singh2003 — Tiger Woods2002 — Tiger Woods2001 — Tiger Woods2000 — Tiger Woods1999 — Tiger Woods1998 — Mark O'Meara1997 — Tiger Woods1996 — Tom Lehman1995 — Greg Norman1994 — Nick Price1993 — Nick Price1992 — Fred Couples1991 — Fred Couples1990 — Wayne Levi Once again, the golfer with the most wins is Tiger Woods. Just as with the PGA of America's award, Woods has won the PGA Tour's award 11 times. No other golfer has won the PGA Tour's Player of the Year Award more than twice. But, so far, the two-time winners are Fred Couples, Nick Price and Rory McIlroy.