September Athlete of the Month Ballot
1. Lamar Jackson, Football, United States
Through the first four games of the college football season in September, University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson completed 74 of 126 passes for 1,330 yards, 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Jackson also rushed 61 times for 526 yards and 12 touchdowns and became just the second player to repeat as Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week in consecutive weeks.
2. Rory McIlroy, Golf, Ireland
Rory McIlroy shot a final round 64 to win the Tour Championship and clinch the PGA Tour Fed Ex Cup title for 2016. In sudden death in the Tour Championship on 25 September, McIlroy sealed the tournament win as well as the Fed Ex Cup title with a birdie putt from 14 feet, 6 inches out.
3. David Rudisha, Track & Field, Kenya
Kenyan athlete David Rudisha, a two-time Olympic 800 meter gold medalist, finished with a world record time of 57.69 seconds to win the 500 meter race in the Great North City Games in Newcastle, Great Britain on 10 September.
4. Gary Sanchez, Baseball, United States
New York Yankees rookie Gary Sanchez hit nine home runs and drove in 21 runs in September. He had two home runs, five runs batted in and a walk in a 21 September win against the Tampa Bay Rays. Sanchez had a .361 batting average with 20 home runs, 42 runs batted in and 32 runs scored in just 213 plate appearances after his promotion from the minor leagues in August.
5. Stan Wawrinka, Tennis, Switzerland
Swiss tennis player Stan Wawrinka won the men’s U.S. Open title in New York on 11 September. Wawrinka, the No. 3 seed, defeated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5, and 6-3 to capture his third Grand Slam title in three major final appearances.
6. Carson Wentz, Football, United States
Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 3-0 start in September. Wentz completed 66 of 102 passes for 769 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions and led the Eagles to wins against Cleveland, Chicago and Pittsburgh.
1. In Gee Chun, Golf, South Korea
South Korean golfer In Gee Chun finished a record breaking 21 under par to win the Evian Championship in Evian-Les-Bains, France. Her 21-under-par finish was the best-ever 72-hole score at a men’s or women’s major tournament. She finished the final round with a score of 69, winning the tournament by four strokes.
2. Sylvia Fowles, Basketball, United States
American basketball player Sylvia Fowles scored 30 points as the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx defeated the Atlanta Dream 95-87 on 17 September. On 20 September, Fowles was named the WNBA’s Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press.
3. Violah Jepchumba, Track & Field, Kenya
Kenyan athlete Violah Jepchumba won the 10 kilometer women’s race at the Birell Prague Grand Prix in Prague, Czech Republic. Jepchumba’s winning time was 30 minutes and 24 seconds, an African record and the second fastest 10 kilometer run in history, just three seconds shy of the world record.
4. Angelique Kerber, Tennis, Germany
German tennis player Angelique Kerber defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6 and 6-4 to win the U.S. Open women’s title on 10 September. The win was Kerber’s second Grand Slam singles title of the year and solidified her as the world’s top-ranked women’s tennis player. She is the first German woman to win the U.S. Open since Steffi Graf in 1996.
5. Sandi Morris, Pole Vault, United States
Sandi Morris set a new United States women’s outdoor pole vault record at 5.00 meters in the final Diamond League meet of the 2016 season in Brussels, Belgium. Morris is just the second woman in the world to clear 5.00 meters outdoors. The record capped a year in which Morris won an Olympic silver medal and a world indoor silver medal.
6. Ayami Sato, Women’s Baseball, Japan
Japanese pitcher Ayami Sato was named the Women’s Baseball World Cup MVP with 21 strikeouts and two wins, including a complete game shutout of Canada in the tournament championship game on 11 September. Sato is the only two-time winner of the Women’s Baseball World Cup MVP award.