PGA Tour players might be voting on more than just their player of the year.
Depending on how the Tour Championship unfolds this week at East Lake, the vote could also be a referendum on how they view the FedEx Cup.
No one thought this would even be a contest a month ago when the most significant part of the golf schedule ended at the PGA Championship. Even with Jason Day finally breaking through for his first major title, this year was all about Jordan Spieth.
The 22-year-old Texan won the Masters and U.S. Open among his four PGA Tour titles. He missed the British Open playoff by one shot and played in the final group at Whistling Straits, where he was unable to make up a two-shot deficit against Day at the PGA Championship.
The only debate was where Spieth’s season ranked in PGA Tour history.
But that was the last great moment for Spieth.
And it was just the start for the 27-year-old Day.
Day began to overpower players and courses. He set a major championship record to par (20 under) at Whistling Straits. He followed that with a six-shot victory at The Barclays, and then opened with rounds of 63-61 to blow away the field at Conway Farms for a six-shot victory in the BMW Championship.
That was his fifth win of the year — one more than Spieth — and Day went to No. 1 in the world ranking.
“I still think it’s him,” Day said last weekend. “But I’m hoping that I can go and win next week and get people talking about it a lot more.”
The ballots will be emailed to PGA Tour players Sunday night after the Tour Championship following what amounts to the last campaign stop at East Lake.
Jim Furyk has withdrawn from the Tour Championship because of a bruised bone in his left wrist and doesn’t know if he can play the Presidents Cup next month.