Patrick Cantlay, the champion of the Tour Championship, was selected the PGA Tour Player of the Year for 2021 on Tuesday, according to the PGA Tour.
The No. 4 player in the Official World Golf Ranking won the award, which is also known as the Jack Nicklaus Award, over No. 1 Jon Rahm of Spain.
Cantlay also beat out finalists Bryson DeChambeau, Harris English, and Collin Morikawa, according to the Tour’s membership, which votes on the honor.
“Receiving this award through a member vote reflects the respect his peers have for Patrick,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a news release.
“His play throughout 2020-21 was phenomenal, and in stepping up to win consecutive FedExCup Playoffs events and the FedExCup, Patrick was at his best when it mattered most in our season.”
Cantlay, 29, won the Memorial and the Zozo Championship earlier this season. He finished the season with victories in both the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship playoffs. In 2020-21, he was the only golfer with more than two victories.
Cantlay also had seven Top 10 finishes and two Top 5 finishes in 24 starts, in addition to his four wins. On the Tour, the American earned nearly $7.6 million.
Rahm won the U.S. Open in 2021 with two second-place results and two third-place finishes. In his 22 events, he has 15 Top 10 finishes and 18 Top 25 finishes. Rahm was paid a total of $7.7 million.