Congratulations to Titleist Brand Ambassador Dudley Hart on being selected by his peers as the 2008 PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year. Hart posted a career year, accumulating $2.2 million in 22 events, including six top 10 finishes.
While Dudley’s season is quite impressive on its own, his performance is even more remarkable considering he hadn’t completed a PGA Tour event since the Byron Nelson Championship in April, 2007. Hart elected to shut down his 2007 season when his wife was diagnosed with a non-malignant tumor in her lungs.
This has been better year all around for the Hart family. As Suzanne’s health flourished, so did Dudley’s golf. Although he played solid throughout the year, including top 10 ten finishes in five different months, he saved the best for last. Dudley was runner-up at the BMW Championship and tied for 10th at the Tour Championship.
The past 20 months have forever changed Dudley Hart’s perspective. There is reason to think in 2009 that Hart will pick up right where he left off. In an exclusive interview with Titleist.com, Dudley said: “It is an honor to receive this award, especially because my fellow players deemed me worthy. I do have mixed feelings winning Comeback Player of the Year. I am thrilled, but hope I am never nominated for it again.”
Ironically, Titleist Brand Ambassador Steve Stricker won it the past two years.