Former Oregon star Aaron Wise was named the 2018 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year on Tuesday.
Players who competed in at least 15 FedEx Cup events during the 2017-18 season were eligible to vote. Wise beat out fellow first-time winners Austin Cook and Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira as well as Keith Mitchell and Chile’s Joaquin Niemann for the honor.
Wise, 22, earned his first career PGA Tour title at the AT&T Byron Nelson, joining Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes as the only players to post victories on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada (PGA TOUR-era), Web.com Tour and PGA Tour.
Wise was also one of eight rookies to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and the only one to advance to the Tour Championship, finishing 24th in the standings. The Las Vegas resident posted four top-10s in 29 starts, including a runner-up at the Wells Fargo Championship.
“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, our congratulations to Aaron Wise on being voted PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “For Aaron to have won on the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour and Mackenzie Tour before the age of 22 is remarkable, and qualifying for the TOUR Championship as a rookie proved there is no stage too big for him.”
–Field Level Media