Johnson is named PGA Player of the Year
12 Oct 2016 - 23:08
Newyork: American Dustin Johnson (pictured left) was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year on Tuesday after a sensational 2015-16 season in which he celebrated his breakthrough victory in a major championship.
The world number two landed the coveted honour after posting a career-best three wins, including his U.S. Open triumph at Oakmont Country Club in June.
Johnson, who also won the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and BMW Championship, claimed Player of the Year honours over Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson in a vote of his peers.
In 22 starts, the long-hitting Johnson had a tour-best 15 top-10 finishes with 21 made cuts.
Johnson, 32, also earned the earned the Arnold Palmer Award as the Tour’s leading money winner ($9.4m) and claimed the Byron Nelson Award for adjusted scoring average (69.172), the PGA Tour said in a statement
After several near-misses in recent years, Johnson finally clinched his first major title amid high drama as he was forced to negotiate the final seven holes under notice that he might be penalised for a rules infraction.
He also held top spot on the FedExCup points list going into the season-ending Tour Championship, where he narrowly missed out on the mind-boggling $10m playoff bonus after struggling to a closing 73.
Meanwhile former Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal is set to return to the European Tour after an 18-month injury absence.
Olazabal will tee off in the British Masters, which starts at The Grove, north of London, today, as the Spaniard competes for the first time since missing the halfway cut at the 2015 Masters.
Since captaining Europe to victory in the 2014 Ryder Cup, the 50-year old has contested just six events due to struggles with rheumatoid arthritis in his joints.
But after spending the past five weeks practising in San Sebastian, Spain, Olazabal is quitely optimistic of playing all four rounds.
“The last two weeks, I have played six rounds on my home course and that’s about all I could manage,” he said on Wednesday.
“So it’s going to be nice to get a score-card back into my pocket this week, but it could depend on the numbers if it’s going to be a decent week.”