Appleby voted Comeback Player of Year by his fellow PGA Tour players

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Stuart Appleby won the Greenbrier Classic by closing with a 59, and his historic win came in a year that followed the season in which he finished outside the top 125 on the money list for the first time since his rookie season.
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Published: Monday, December 13, 2010 | 5:54 p.m.

Stuart Appleby has been voted the PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year after going from his worst season to a magical win.

Appleby won The Greenbrier Classic by closing with a 59, making him one of only two players to hit golf’s magic number in the last round. His historic win followed a year in which he finished outside the top 125 on the money list for the first time since his rookie season.

The Australian used a one-time exemption for career money to keep his card. His win helped him to finish 38th on the money list, and he topped off his year by winning the Australian Masters.

Players voted for Appleby over Rocco Mediate and Arjun Atwal.

Earlier, Jim Furyk, who won the FedExCup on the strength of three PGA Tour victories, was named the 2010 PGA Tour Player of the Year on a vote by his fellow competitors.

Furyk, 40, earns his first-ever Player of the Year award after winning the Transitions Championship, the Verizon Heritage and the season-ending Tour Championship. His three victories were more than any other player on Tour and he totaled seven top-10s in 21 starts.

Furyk beat out Ernie Els, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson.

Also, Rickie Fowler was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and Jamie Lovemark was named Nationwide Tour Player of the Year.