PGA TOUR players compete for two player of the year awards. The PGA Player of
the Year award dates back to 1948 and is awarded by the PGA of America. Since 1982 the winner has been selected using a points system with marks awarded for wins, money list position and scoring average. The PGA Tour
Player of the Year award, also known as the
Jack Nicklaus Award, is administered by the PGA TOUR and was introduced in 1990; the recipient is selected by the tour players by ballot, although the results are not released other than to say who has won. More often than not the same player wins
both awards. The Rookie
of the Year award was also introduced in 1990. Players are eligible in their first season of PGA Tour membership; several of the winners had a good deal of international success before their PGA Tour rookie season, and some have been in their thirties
when they won the award.