Sports shorts: Late run made McIlroy PGA Tour's Player of the Year

2012-12-05T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Late run made McIlroy PGA Tour's Player of the YearStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

LA QUINTA, Calif. - Rory McIlroy sure didn't feel like the PGA Tour Player of the Year when he arrived at Kiawah Island for the final major of the year. He had missed three cuts, had not contended in a major and had only one win.

The last two months changed everything.

McIlroy was announced Tuesday as Player of the Year, and although the tour does not disclose the vote of its players, this was the equivalent of a tap-in. McIlroy wound up with four wins, including his eight-shot victory in the PGA Championship, and made a clean sweep of the biggest awards by winning the money title and having the lowest adjusted scoring average.

"It's just a great way to end what has been a great year, my best season so far," McIlroy said.

McIlroy, a 23-year-old from Northern Ireland, became the youngest player to win PGA Tour Player of the Year since Tiger Woods at age 21 in 1997. McIlroy was the third European to win in the last five years, joining Padraig Harrington of Ireland in 2008 and Luke Donald of England last year.

John Huh, who earned his card through Q-school, was voted PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.

Olympics

India sanctioned by IOC

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The IOC suspended India's national Olympic committee on Tuesday because of government interference in its election process, a major embarrassment for the world's second-most populous nation.

After months of warnings, the IOC executive board imposed the sanction when the Indian Olympic Association failed to comply with the world body's demands for holding independent elections.

Under the suspension, the Indian body will stop receiving IOC funding, and its officials will be banned from attending Olympic events. India's athletes will be barred from competing in Olympic events under their national flag, although they may be allowed to do so under the Olympic flag.

MISCELLANEOUS

UA's Ponce honored by NSCAA

UA junior forward Jazmin Ponce was named to the second team for the 2012 NSCAA Women's Division I All-Pacific soccer team.

• Billy Butler of the Royals has been selected the winner of the 2012 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award.

Butler received 80 of the 84 first-place votes in balloting by club beat writers, broadcasters and AL public relations departments, beating Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion. Butler, a 26-year-old first-time All-Star, batted .313 with 32 doubles, 29 homers and 107 RBIs last season.

• David Wright and the Mets finalized a $138 million, eight-year contract Tuesday, the largest deal in the team's history. The contract was agreed to last week

• Eleven-year veteran Eric Hinske agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks.

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