Dustin Johnson wins Vardon Trophy, PGA Player of the Year honors
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Dustin Johnson wins Vardon Trophy, PGA Player of the Year honors

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Dustin Johnson had a banner year in 2016, and he's started raking in the post-season honors, starting with the Vardon Trophy and the PGA of America Player of the Year award.

For the PGA's version of the POY award, they use a points-based system that aligns with performance in tournaments, with emphasis on the major championships, as well rankings on a money list and in adjusted scoring average.

Johnson earned 90 points, with Jason Day finishing second at 74 points. Adam Scott (54), Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy (44 points each) rounded out the top five.

The reigning U.S. Open champion also won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest adjusted scoring average with a minimum of 60 rounds. He won with a mark of 69.17. Day was disqualified from winning the award after withdrawing from the BMW Championship in September. Adam Scott became the runner-up at 69.47.

The PGA Tour’s Player of the Year, which is voted on by the players, will be announced early next month. The Tour has identified six potential candidates, though it's expected Johnson will win that award too.

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