Brooks Koepka Captures 2018 PGA Player of the Year Award

Dustin Johnson, a two-time winner this season, earned his second Vardon Trophy in three years ...

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Three-time major champion Brooks Koepka, who turned professional just six years ago and who 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.

Dustin Johnson, a two-time winner this season, earned his second Vardon Trophy in three years.

Koepka, who won a second consecutive U.S. Open Championship in June, powered his way to the PGA Player of the Year award by winning the PGA Championship in August. He collected 126 total points based upon two major championship victories, which guaranteed him 50 bonus points. He also finished fifth in the season money list and ninth in the Vardon Trophy standings for adjusted scoring average.

Justin Thomas, the 2017 PGA Player of the Year, finished second overall with 66 points, followed by Johnson with 58 and Fedex Cup Champion Justin 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 TOUR professional based on a point system for tournament wins, official money standings, and scoring averages. Points for the 2017-18 season began with the Safeway Open on Oct. 5, and conclude Sept. 23, at the TOUR Championship.

In the Vardon Trophy race, Johnson finished with a 68.698 adjusted scoring average based upon 77 complete rounds. Rose was runner-up at 68.993, followed by Thomas (69.118), Webb Simpson (69.293) and Rory McIlroy (69.303).

Since 1937, the Vardon Trophy, named by the PGA of America in honor of legendary British golfer Harry Vardon, has been presented annually to the touring professional with the lowest adjusted scoring average. It is based on a minimum of 60 rounds, with no incomplete rounds, in events co-sponsored or designated by the PGA TOUR. The adjusted score is computed from the average score of the field at each event.

The PGA TOUR also recognizes its annual Player of the Year, with the winner announced in early October, determined by a vote of the membership.

2018 PGA Player of the Year Standings (Final ending 9/23/18)

Player Victory Points Money Points Scoring Points Bonus Points Total Points
1. Brooks Koepka 60 12 4 50 126
(U.S. Open, PGA Championship)
2. Justin Thomas 30 20 16 -- 66
(CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, Honda Classic, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational)
3. Dustin Johnson 20 18 20 -- 58
(Sentry Tournament of Champions, FedEx St. Jude Classic)
4. Justin Rose 20 16 18 -- 54
(WGC-HSBC Champions, Fort Worth Invitational)
5. Bryson DeChambeau 30 14 -- -- 44
(The Memorial Tournament, The Northern Trust, Dell Technologies Championship)
6. Bubba Watson 30 10 -- -- 40
(Genesis Open, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship, Travelers Championship)
7. Francesco Molinari 40 -- -- -- 40
(Quicken Loans National, Open Championship)
8. Webb Simpson 20 4 14 -- 38
(The Players Championship)
9. Patrick Reed 30 -- -- -- 30
(The Masters)
10. Tiger Woods 10 6 8 -- 24
(TOUR Championship)

2018 Vardon Trophy Standings (Final ending 9/23/18)

Player Total Rounds Adjusted Average
1. Dustin Johnson 77 68.698
2. Justin Rose 70 68.993
3. Justin Thomas 91 69.118
4. Webb Simpson 95 69.293
5. Rory McIlroy 64 69.303
6. Tommy Fleetwood 73 69.342
7. Tiger Woods 68 69.350
8. Rickie Fowler 74 69.435
9. Brooks Koepka 64 69.444
10. Tony Finau 105 69.520

Points are distributed based on the following:

A) Tournament victories Points
PGA Championship 30
U.S. Open 30
Open Championship 30
Masters 30
The Players Championship 20
All other PGA TOUR events, including World Championship events 10
B) Money winnings: PGA Tour official money list Points
1st 20
2nd 18
3rd 16
4th 14
5th 12
6th 10
7th 8
8th 6
9th 4
10th 2
C) Adjusted scoring average: min. 60 rounds Points
1st 20
2nd 18
3rd 16
4th 14
5th 12
6th 10
7th 8
8th 6
9th 4
10th 2