Oct 02

Furyk out of Presidents Cup with wrist injury, Holmes replaces

Jim Furyk has pulled out of the 2015 Presidents Cup, citing a bonus contusion on his left wrist, the PGA Tour annouced Friday.

U.S. captain Jay Haas named J.B. Holmes as Furyk's replacement on the South Korea-bound team.

“There is nothing I take more pride in than representing the United States in The Presidents Cup and the Ryder Cup, and I am deeply disappointed that I will have to withdraw from playing because my wrist, although improving, is still not where it needs to be at this point,” said Furyk in a release.

Furyk suffered the bone contusion around the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs, when he started feeling pain during the tournament pro-am. A week off after the Boston-area event did not improve the injury, and Furyk withdrew after six holes of the BMW Championship, the first time Furyk had withdrawn from a PGA Tour event since the 1995 Buick Classic. Last week, Furyk withdrew from the Tour Championship with the intent of playing in the Presidents Cup for an eighth time. Instead, Furyk, who has a career Presidents Cup record of 20-10-3, will be a captain's assistant.

“Jim did everything he could to be ready, and I'm sad that he won't be able to play," said Haas. "He’s a totally selfless team player who will be missed. He’s had another great year, and I believe he was pointing toward this event to cap it off."

Holmes, who finished 12th in the points standings, will make his Presidents Cup debut.

“My heart goes out to Jim because I know how much the Presidents Cup means to him,” said Holmes. “Obviously, he has been a leader for our team for many years and he will be greatly missed. I am, however, very honored and excited to get the call from Captain Haas to make the trip to South Korea to help the U.S. team retain the cup."

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Oct 02

Jordan Spieth wins PGA Tour Player of the Year award; Berger top rookie

Although there was some doubt in the waning weeks of the season, Jordan Spieth was voted by his peers as PGA Tour Player of the Year, the Tour announced Friday. 

"It's an honor because to win Player of the Year, because it was our MVP of our league," Spieth said Friday. "And it's voted on by the players. And for them to recognize the hard work that we've put in and what we've been able to do with it is truly special and I thank all the players I look up to."

Spieth enjoyed a five-win season (Valspar Championship, the Masters, U.S. Open, John Deere Classic and Tour Championship), marking the first time that a player 22 or under enjoyed at least a handful of wins in a season since 1929 (Horton Smith). Included in those five wins were breakthrough wins at the U.S. Open and Masters, where he set the 36- and 54-hole scoring records and tied Tiger Woods' 1997 score for the best 72-hole total in tournament history. Spieth became the youngest player since Gene Sarazen in 1922 to capture two major titles.

Spieth also finished T-4, a shot out of a three-man playoff, at the British Open and second to Jason Day at the PGA Championship, ending the year a total of four shots away from the single-season Grand Slam. 

The Texan rose to No. 1 in the world after the PGA Championship, which he reclaimed with his win at the Tour Championship, which also locked up the FedEx Cup. Spieth's 2014-15 season is now the richest in PGA Tour history, passing Vijay Singh's nine-win 2004 campaign. In total, Spieth won just over $22 million, including the $10 million bonus for taking home the FedEx Cup.

On top of all that, Spieth also won the Vardon Trophy for lowest adjusted scoring average.

In 25 official PGA Tour events this season, Spieth finished runner-up another four times and inside the top 10 in 15 tournaments.

Spieth is the youngest player to win the player-voted honor since Tiger Woods did so in 1997 at the age of 21.

Daniel Berger won Rookie of the Year honors over challengers like Justin Thomas and Tony Finau. Berger lost in a playoff to Padraig Harrington for The Honda Classic in March, then finished second at the third playoff event, the BMW Championship, to advance to the Tour Championship. 

Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.