Stuart Appleby Wins 2010 PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year

John BurkeContributor IDecember 14, 2010

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 02:  Stuart Appleby of Australia plays a tee shot during day one of the Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club on December 2, 2010 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
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For Stuart Appleby, the 2009 season could not have gone any worse.

Falling out of the top 125 in the money list for the first time since his rookie season, Appleby was forced to use a one-time exemption to keep his card. And for a player turning 40-years old in May, many thought his best days were behind him.

So, how does a player follow up a season filled with disappointment?

Well, Appleby went for broke. In the process he won the Greenbrier Classic while shooting a final round 59. This is especially impressive considering Appleby's previous career low was 62 at Las Vegas in 2003 and had not broken 65 in tournament round since 2006. 

His win helped propel him to a 38th place finish on the 2010 money list, securing his card for next season. 

Appleby won the award over Rocco Mediate and Arjun Atwal.