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Will Zalatoris named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year after eight top-10s in season one |  Golf news

Will Zalatoris voted Rookie of the Year on the PGA Tour by his fellow Tour members; 25-year-old American beats Garrick Higgo for the prize; Zalatoris tied for sixth at the US Open and was second at the Masters in his debut campaign.

Last updated: 09/13/21 10:51 AM

Will Zalatoris to be a full member of the PGA Tour next season

Will Zalatoris has been voted PGA Tour Rookie of the Year for 2021.

The 25-year-old American defeated South African Garrick Higgo at the Arnold Palmer Award after recording eight top 10s in his debut season on the PGA Tour.

The award is voted on by PGA Tour members who have played at least 15 official FedExCup events during the 2020/21 campaign.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said: “On behalf of the PGA Tour, my congratulations to Will Zalatoris on being voted the 2021 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year by the members of the Tour.

“Will’s success, despite not having PGA Tour membership at the start of the 2020-21 season, is a testament not only to his abilities, but also to his hard work and attitude.”

Zalatoris joined the PGA Tour as a special temporary member in November, but became a full member for the 2021/22 campaign.

In addition to his eight top 10s, Zalatoris also made 21 cuts in 25 starts on the PGA Tour during the season.

His first tournament was the US Open 2020, where he finished sixth, while his best result was second at the Masters.

Zalatoris’ performances during the season saw him climb to 31st in the world, up from 59th at the end of 2020.

He becomes the first Special Temporary Member to win the Rookie of the Year award since Charles Howell III in 2001.

Will Zalatoris named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year after eight top-10s in season one |  Golf news

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