Reigning PGA Champion Brooks Koepka honored with PGA Player of the Year Award, World No. 1 Dustin Johnson wins Vardon Trophy
Three-time major champion Brooks Koepka, who turned professional just six years ago and overcame a serious wrist injury prior to this season, wrapped up a historic campaign by capturing the 2018 PGA of America Player of the Year Award, presented by the PGA of America for excellence by a PGA Tour professional.
Koepka, who followed up a second consecutive U.S. Open victory in June by claiming his third major at the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, powered his way to PGA Player of the Year honors. He collected 126 total points based upon his two major championship victories, which guaranteed him 50 bonus points. He also finished fifth in the season money list and ninth in the Vardon Trophystandingsforadjustedscoringaverage.
Dustin Johnson, a two-time winner this season, earned his second Vardon Trophy in three years. The award, named in honor of legendary British golfer Harry Vardon, has been presented annually to the PGA Tour professional with the lowest adjusted scoring average since 1937.
In the Vardon Trophy race, Johnson finished with a 68.698 adjusted scoring average based upon 77 complete rounds. FedEx Cup Champion Justin Rose was runner-up at 68.993, followed by 2017 PGA Player of the Year Justin Thomas (69.118),
Webb Simpson (69.293) and Rory McIlroy (69.303). Thomas also finished second to Koepka in the Player of the Year race with 66 points, followed by Johnson with 58 and Rose with 54.
Since 1948, the PGA of America has honored the game’s best players with the PGA Player of the Year Award. It is presented to the top PGA Tour profes-
sional based on a point system for tournament wins, official money standing and scoring averages. Points for the 2017–18 season began with the Safe- way Open on Oct. 5, 2017 and concluded Sept. 23, 2018 at the Tour Championship.