Former world number one Rory McIlroy thinks Jordan Spieth deserves the nod for PGA TOUR Player of the Year, despite Jason Day’s epic season.
There are polarizing views as to whether Spieth, who won the year’s opening two majors, deserves PGA TOUR Player of the Year over Day, who has won four of his last six tournaments, including the PGA Championship.
Spieth won the US Masters and the US Open in 2015.
While Day has ascended to the top of the world rankings with a string of scintillating performances in recent weeks, McIlroy believes Spieth’s two majors should see him come out on top.
“I’ve always viewed majors as the premium above anything else in golf, maybe that’s because I’m a major champion myself,” McIlroy told reporters at Sky Sports.
McIlroy added that the way Spieth then contended at the British Open and the PGA Championship further back up his case.
“Just with the way Jordan (Spieth) played in the majors this year, starting off at Augusta backing it up at the US Open and then having two great chances to win at the Open and at Whistling Straits. To be 54-under-par has never been seen before in the history of golf, so two majors to one would be my thinking. Either guy would feel they deserve it, just what I feel is important in the game Jordan just pips it for me.”