The first of many end-of-year awards has been awarded to Dustin Johnson.
On Wednesday, Johnson was named the PGA of America Player of the Year. He earned 90 points this year in their points system, 25 points ahead of runner-up Jason Day.
This season, Johnson recorded his best year to date on the PGA Tour and broke through with his first major championship win. Entering the season with nine wins – but never more than two in one year – Johnson reeled off three victories this year, all coming in high-profile events. In June, he won the U.S. Open at Oakmont in memorable fashion and two weeks later won the WGC-Bridgestone. He capped off his season with a win at the BMW Championship, the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs. He had a chance to add to his resume at the Tour Championship, but it slipped out of reach after a final-round 73 and Rory McIlroy’s Sunday charge.
Johnson also won the Vardon Trophy, handed out to the player with the lowest scoring average on the year. He finished with a 69.172 average in 87 rounds. That was good enough to edge out Adam Scott (69.470 average) and Jordan Spieth (69.520 average).
The 32-year-old ascended to his highest spot in the world ranking this year and enters the Ryder Cup as the second-ranked player in the world. He’s only played on two Ryder Cup teams, and it was feast or famine. In 2010, he had a 1-3 record followed by a 3-0 performance in 2012.
The PGA Tour also awards its Player of the Year trophy later this year, and that award is voted on by PGA Tour members.