The PGA Tour is pushing back at transparency deficiencies, including this from Alex Miceli noting that we even know vote totals in Russian elections but not in the PGA Tour Player Of The Year race.
Josh Berhow at Golf.com contacted the Tour and was provided the Player of the Year ballot and was told the voting process by the PGA Tour’s Laura Neal. Why this wasn’t disclosed before, I have no idea.
Neal said the ballot is delivered electronically to eligible voters — players who have played in at least 15 events. The completed ballots go directly to the Tour’s accounting firm, Grant Thornton.
Employees there tabulate the votes without Tour supervision and send the results to the Tour. The process is broadly similar to how Academy Award votes are tabulated.
“Feel free to debate whether the PGA Tour membership should have voted Rory or Brooks as Player of the Year,” Neal wrote in an email Friday. “What’s not up for debate is the Tour’s integrity — in this process or otherwise.”