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PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award winners (some may surprise you)

Robert Gamez

The silly season debate on who deserves to be the Rookie of the Year will make for an interesting few weeks during the PGA Tour’s offseason this winter, as both Eric Cole and recent winner Ludvig Aberg are the frontrunners vying for the honor.

The PGA Tour has given the Arnold Palmer Award to its Rookie of the Year annually since Robert Gamez was the inaugural winner in 1990. Many a major champion have earned the honor – including the likes of Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Jordan Spieth and Scottie Scheffler, to name a few – but a few of the winners may surprise you.

Meet all 33 winners of the PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year Award.

Robert Gamez watches the ball fly during the 1992 Los Angeles Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. (Photo: Gary Newkirk /Allsport)

John Daly

John Daly with the trophy after winning the PGA Championship at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Indiana in August 1991. (Photo: Stephen Munday/Getty Images)

Mark Carnevale

Mark Carnevale sends a drive down the fairway at the Los Angeles Open at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.

Vijay Singh

Vijay Singh hits a shot during the 1993 U.S. Open at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo: Gary Newkirk/Allsport)

Ernie Els

Ernie Els holds up his trophy after winning the U.S. Open in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, on June 20, 1994.

Woody Austin

Woody Austin at the Kapalua Invitational in Maui, Hawaii. (Photo: J.D. Cuban/Allsport)

1996 Las Vegas Invitational

PGA Tour rookie Tiger Woods holds a check after winning the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational at TPC at Summerlin. (Photo: Lennox McLendon, Associated Press)

Stewart Cink

Stewart Cink poses with the trophy after the Canon Greater Open at the TPC at River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. (Photo: Craig Jones/Allsport)

Steve Flesch

Steve Flesch chips out of a bunker during The Colonial at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo: Stephen Dunn/Allsport)

Carlos Franco

Carlos Franco plays with a ball before the million dollar golf challenge in 1999. (Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images)

Michael Clark II

Michael Clark II follows his drive during the Mercedes Championships at the Plantation Course in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii. (Photo: Harry How/Allsport)

Charles Howell III

Charles Howell III waves to the crowd during…


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