Top Rookie Seasons on the PGA Tour

1 of 15 Augusta National

Robert Gamez

Robert Gamez won the inaugural ROY award with six top-25s and two wins, one of them being his first professional tournament, the Northern Telecom Tucson Open.
2 of 15 Bernstein Associates

John Daly

"Longjohn" won the 1991 PGA Championship at Crooked Stick, and had four other top-10 finishes his rookie year to take home the award.

Ernie Els

A win at the U.S. Open plus a runner-up and four other top-10s were more than enough to secure Els the 1994 ROY award.

Tiger Woods

Woods, who would go on to earn nine PGA Tour Player of the Year awards, busted onto the scene with two wins in 11 events during his 1996 rookie year.
5 of 15 Sam Greenwood

Sean O'Hair

O'Hair made 24 cuts out of 29 events that he played during his 2005 rookie year, including one win, one runner-up finish and over $2 million in prize money.
6 of 15 Steve Grayson

Brandt Snedeker

Snedeker's victory at the 2007 Wyndham Championship and six top-10s locked in his ROY win.
7 of 15 Jed Jacobsohn

Dustin Johnson

Although Dustin Johnson had one of the busier rookie seasons in 2008, including one win, three top-10s and 30 events played, he lost out on the honors to Argentina's Andrés Romero.
8 of 15 Michael Cohen

Marc Leishman

2009 ROY Leishman had a T2 finish at the BMW Championship and eight top-25s his first year on the PGA Tour.
9 of 15 Andy Lyons

Rickie Fowler

Brightly-colored Fowler emerged as the best new kid on Tour in 2010, where he recorded seven top-10s and an invite on a captain's pick to the 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup team.
10 of 15 David Cannon

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy, who had his first Tour win in 2010 along with two other top-3s and five top 10s, lost out on the ROY award to Rickie Fowler. Many thought the eventual two-time Player of the Year was snubbed.
11 of 15 Kevin C. Cox

Keegan Bradley

Two victories, including Bradley's three-hole playoff win over Jason Dufner at the 2011 PGA Championship, earned him the 2011 Rookie of the Year honor.
12 of 15 Michael Cohen

Jordan Spieth

The 2013 Rookie of the Year had one of the best rookie seasons on record, finishing eighth in the FedEx Cup standings with one win and three runner-up finishes.
13 of 15 Ross Kinnaird

David Lingmerth

The Swede's successful first season saw him card two runner-up finishes and three top-10s. His only downfall was debuting on Tour the same year as Jordan Spieth.
14 of 15 Ross Kinnaird

Tony Finau

As part of a strong 2015 rookie class showing, Finau recorded five top-10s and 16 top-25s, including a T14 at the U.S. Open (his first major appearance).
15 of 15 Stuart Franklin

Daniel Berger

Though winless his debut year, Berger had two runner-ups, six top-10s and 13 top-25s his first year on the PGA Tour, earning him the ROY prize.