England’s Chris Wood has capped a remarkable debut season on The European Tour by being named the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year for 2009. Wood, who stands at 6-foot-5 stands alongside fellow FJ ICON wearer Robert Karlsson as the tallest golfer on the Tour, finished 44th on the money list with earnings of 679,559 euros, securing him the title ahead of fellow debutants and FJ ambassadors Danny Willet, Oskar Henningsson and David Horsey. It was the 22-year-old Englishman’s fine display at this year’s Open which effectively sealed the rookie prize, narrowly missing out on the playoff by one stroke. Wood’s next big goal is set on entering the top 50 in the world.
This becomes the second consecutive year that an FJ player has won the prestigious award, with Wood taking over the mantle from fellow FJ player Pablo Larrazabal.
2009 has proved to be a successful for year for the FJ players on the European Tour, with Wood’s triumph adding to Lee Westwood’s Race to Dubai victory, cementing FJ’s dominance on Tour.
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