After one start in the fall of 2018 (World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions), McIlroy opened the 2019 calendar year with top-sixes in his first five starts before winning THE PLAYERS for his 15th career PGA TOUR victory. He became only the third player to win THE PLAYERS, a major, the FedExCup and a World Golf Championships event in a career, joining Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson.
Six starts later, McIlroy made his tournament debut at the RBC Canadian Open, where he set the tournament record and won seven shots, the largest winning margin of the season.
Three of McIlroy's 14 top-10 finishes came at World Golf Championships events: Mexico Championship / 2, Dell Technologies Match Play / T9 and FedEx St. Jude Invitational / T4.
McIlroy ended the PGA TOUR Regular Season at No. 2 in the FedExCup standings, claiming second place in the inaugural Wyndham Rewards Top 10, at $ 10 million bonus pool split among the top-10 finishers in the FedExCup Regular Season.
McIlroy entered the TOUR Championship at No. 5 in the FedExCup standings, beginning the FedExCup Playoffs ending at 5-under, based on the new FedExCup Starting Strokes system. With rounds of 66-67-68-66, McIlroy won the TOUR Championship and hoisted the FedExCup for the second time in his career.
McIlroy was selected for the honor over (alphabetically) Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar and Xander Schauffele.
Im, a 21-year-old native of Jeju, South Korea, who was the only rookie to advance in the season tied for 19th in the FedExCup standings. With his Rookie of the Year honors, Im joins Stewart Cink (1996-97) as the only players to be named the Korn Ferry Tour of the Year and PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year in consecutive seasons.
For the season, Im made 26 cuts in 35 starts, becoming the first rookie in the FedExCup era to play 35 or more events. He recorded seven top-10s, with the best finish of the season coming at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, where he tied for third.
"Congratulations to Sungjae on being voted 2019 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year," said Monahan. "His" Ironman "season was remarkably consistent from start-to-finish, and his fellow players raved about his all-around game throughout the year." Like so many Korn Ferry Tour graduates, who arrived on the PGA TOUR prepared to compete with the world´s best, and his season was a reflection of a maturity beyond his 21 years. "
I was selected for the honor over (alphabetically) Cameron Champ, Adam Long, Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff.