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Todd Hamilton awarded Rookie of the Year

Todd Hamilton is theOpen champion and possibly the answer to a trivia question.

Who was the oldest player to ever win PGA Tour rookie of the year?

Hamilton, 39, won the award based on his major championship and winning the Honda Classic. While he has been a professional for 17 years, he had spent the last dozen seasons toiling on Asian tours.

Still, he won't apologize for the award, nor should be. Hamilton earned his PGA Tour card for the first time by making it through Q-school.

``A lot of these courses I had never seen before,'' Hamilton said. ``And if I wasn't in the pro-am, I only had one chance to play the course in a practice round.''

The second-oldest rookie of the year since the award began in 1990 was Carlos Franco, who earned his PGA Tour card at Q-school in 1998, then played in the Presidents Cup before starting his rookie season.

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