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The 2020 AGC Men's Player of the Year: Casey Jarvis
31 Dec 2020
by AmateurGolf.com Staff

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Casey Jarvis with his three major trophies
Casey Jarvis with his three major trophies

After a year of tournament wins and accomplishments unmatched by even the greats of South African golf to come before him, Casey Jarvis is the AmateurGolf.com Men's Player of the Year.

The AmateurGolf.com Men's Player of the Year is awarded based on a point system earned through performance in major amateur events throughout the course of the year. The year, the 17-year-old Jarvis established himself as one of the brightest young prospects to come out of South Africa, and as a name to remember if he continues on his current trajectory.

AmateurGolf.com
Players of the Year
2020 Casey Jarvis
2019 Chun An Yu
2018 Viktor Hovland
2017 Braden Thornberry
2016 Curtis Luck
2015 Bryson DeChambeau
2014 Corey Conners
2013 Brady Watt
2012 Justin Thomas
2011 Patrick Cantlay
2010 Peter Uihlein
2009 Peter Uihlein
2008 Danny Lee
When the year began, Jarvis was 16 and poised for a breakout year after winning two amateur events toward the end of 2019. The winning continued into 2020, and it wasn't just the just the fact that he was collecting trophies that was so impressive -- it was the scores he was shooting.

At the Free State Open, Jarvis was 18 under for 72 holes, with only one player within 13 shots of his winning total. A week later at the Gauteng North Open, he shot 25 under to win by eight shots.

Think he was comfortable playing with a lead? In those two events, he closed with a 64 and a 63.

The next three events were the biggest amateur tournaments in Africa, with Europe's strongest players competing with South Africa's best. After cooling off slightly for a T11 at the African Amateur Stroke Play, Jarvis was back in record form, shooting 25 under at the South African Stroke Play and beating the international field by nine shots, this time closing with a 65.

In so doing he broke a record that had stood for 51 years, becoming the youngest winner (at 16 years, 6 months and 17 days) of the championship.

"When I’m playing like this, I know I can win and I know I can win big," said Jarvis at the time. "I just go out there, believe it and I make it happen."

The next week, Jarvis got the double, taking the South African Amateur after six straight match wins including a decisive 7&6 result over James Wilson of Scotland in the championship match.

He became the 10th player to achieve the double in 95 years, the first since 2007, and the youngest to do so.

But he wasn't finished making history. When Jarvis won the Freddie Tait Cup as the leading amateur in the South African Open (finishing 25th against the European Tour field), he became just the third player to win the SA Amateur Championship, the SA Stroke Play Championship and the Freddie Tait Cup in a calendar year.

The others were four-time British Open champ Bobby Locke in 1935 and Neville Clarke in 1989.

Jarvis also recorded two runner-up finishes and two other top-fives in 2020, and his worst finish in an amateur event was 14th. In 38 rounds in amateur events, his stroke average was 69.03. In three European Tour events, he made two cuts. He also won three times on the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour, a developmental tour for aspiring South African golf professionals.

Final POY Points Standings, 2020
Casey JarvisSouth Africa4900
Joseph LongEngland4800
Quade CumminsWeatherford, OK4500
Tyler StrafaciDavie, FL4350
Davis ThompsonSt. Simons, GA3900
William NouwChino, CA3550
Jediah MorganAustralia3300
Mark PowerIreland3300
Pierceson CoodyPlano, TX3150
10 John AugensteinOwensboro, KY3100
10 Haider HussainEngland3100
10 David PerkinsEast Peoria, IL3100
It bears repeating -- he turned 17 years old mid-year. He is the first player not playing college golf in the U.S. to earn Player-of-the-Year honors since Curtis Luck of Australia in 2016.

Finishing as the runner-up in the year-long points race was British Amateur champion Joseph Long of England, with consistent high finisher Quade Cummins (Weatherford, Okla.) of the University of Oklahoma third.

Tyler Strafaci (Davie, Fla.) of Georgia Tech, who won the U.S. Amateur, North & South Amateur (joining his grandfather as champion) and Palmetto Amateur, was fourth, while Jones Cup Invitational champion Davis Thompson (St. Simons, Ga.) of the University of Georgia was fifth.

Thompson is the only player to finish in the top five in 2019 and 2020.

Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Rankings | Complete 2020 Points List (2025 players)

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