No comeback player of year in '09

For the first time since its inception in 1991, the PGA Tour comeback player of the year award will not be handed out in 2009.

The view from tour headquarters is that there is no player worthy of nomination for the award. The Players Advisory Council chose not to nominate anyone to put on the ballot, which goes out to all PGA Tour players at the conclusion of the Children's Miracle Network Classic.

The award is typically given to a player who returns from illness or injury to play well or to a slumping player who turned his game around. Dudley Hart won the award in 2008 after Steve Stricker won it in consecutive years.

Among those who might have gotten consideration was Tiger Woods. He played in just six tournaments in 2008 and then had reconstructive knee surgery. He returned after eight months away from the game to win six times this year.

Other possibilities might have been David Duval, who could finish among the top 125 money winners for the first time since 2002, or Tom Watson, who after offseason hip surgery nearly won the British Open, losing in a playoff.

Bob Harig covers golf for ESPN.com. He can be reached at BobHarig@gmail.com.