Johnson named PGA Player of the Year

Dustin Johnson was named the 2020 PGA Tour Player of the Year in voting conducted by its membership on Monday.

Johnson, who is ranked No. 1 in the world, recently won the FedExCup for the first time in his career. He posted three victories on the season — the Travelers Championship, The Northern Trust and the TOUR Championship.

Scottie Scheffler was named the 2020 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.

Johnson earned Player of the Year honors for the second time. He also won in 2016.

The other candidates for the award were Collin Morikawa, Spain’s Jon Rahm, Webb Simpson and Justin Thomas.

The 36-year-old Johnson now owns 23 career victories after his stellar campaign. He has started his career with victories in 13 straight seasons to become the fourth player to record that feat, joining Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods.

“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, my congratulations to Dustin Johnson on being voted the 2020 PGA TOUR Player of the Year by his peers, the ultimate compliment a player can receive,” PGA commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement. “Dustin made it known throughout the season that the FedExCup was a priority and his performances in the FedExCup Playoffs were nothing short of spectacular with two wins and a playoff runner-up at the BMW Championship.

“His demeanor and athleticism on the course make it look very easy, but behind the scenes, he’s worked incredibly hard coming back from (a knee) injury and his 2019-20 season speaks for itself in further bolstering his World Golf Hall of Fame resume.”

The 24-year-old Scheffler finished fifth in the FedExCup as one of eight rookies to qualify. His signature achievement was the second-round 59 he scored at the Northern Trust.

Scheffler made 18 cuts in 23 starts.

“Our congratulations to Scottie Scheffler on a standout rookie season that saw him excel when it mattered most, in the FedExCup Playoffs,” Monahan said. “To follow up Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year with being voted PGA Tour Rookie of the Year by the PGA Tour membership is an extraordinary achievement and speaks to Scottie’s dedication and work ethic. I’m certain Mr. Palmer would be thrilled with all of the young talent we have on Tour and how they are conducting themselves, with Scottie leading the way in 2020.”

Scheffler has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this week’s U.S. Open at Winged Foot in New York.

The other top candidates for rookie honors were Harry Higgs, Norway’s Viktor Hovland and Maverick McNealy.

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