Johnson named PGA of America’s Player of The Year

He may have been pipped at the post in the race for the FedEx Trophy but US Open champion Dustin Johnson did gain some compensation when he was named the PGA of America’s Player of The Year at their end-of-season awards.

Johnson, who has won three times in the US this year [as did Aussie Jason Day] was also the winner of the coveted Vardon Trophy, awarded annually to the player with the lowest adjusted scoring average.

Dustin Johnson Dustin Johnson (Credit: USGA)

‘DJ’ collected 90 points for the season, while Jason Day finished with 74.

Day had a shot at the Vardon trophy but lost his chance when a sore back forced him to withdraw from the season-ending Tour Championship after earlier also dropping out of the BMW Championship for the same reason.

In one of the closest Vardon Trophy races for several years, Johnson closed out the season with an adjusted scoring average of 69.172 based upon 87 completed rounds.

Adam Scott finished runner-up at 69.470 with Jordan Spieth third on 69.520 and Phil Mickelson fourth (69.582).

Since 1948, the PGA of America has honoured the game’s best players with the PGA Player of the Year Award presented to the top Tour professional based on a point system for tournament wins, official money standings, and scoring averages.

Points for the 2015-16 season began with the Open on Oct. 18, and ended September 25 at the TOUR Championship.

Overall, Johnson earned 30 Player of the Year points by winning the US Open, and 20 combined points for wins in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the BMW Championship. He also gained 20 points for leading the money list and 20 more for capturing the Vardon Trophy.

Day, the world No 1, had 40 overall victory points, based upon the 20 earned for winning The Players Championship and 20 combined points earned for the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship wins.

He also earned 18 points for finishing second in money earnings and still finished with 16 points in the scoring category.