Dustin Johnson just about wrapped up the PGA TOUR Player of the Year Award in late summer, but it was finally announced earlier this week that he was officially awarded the honor.
It came as no surprise, but this award is voted on by fellow TOUR players, which makes it all the more special for players receiving it. When Dustin Johnson revealed that he did not vote for himself, and was asked why not, he gave a pretty Dustin Johnson answer: “I didn’t vote.”
Johnson won 3 times in 2015-2016: the U.S. Open, WGC-Bridgestone and BMW Championship. He also had 15 Top-10s and 11 Top-5s in his 22 appearances as he ascended to his best-ever World No. 2 ranking. In addition to this award, Johnson claimed the PGA of America’s player of the year award, the Jack Nicklaus Trophy, Byron Nelson Award and the Arnold Palmer Trophy.
That’s a lot of trophies for one man’s case.
Emiliano Grillo, who burst onto the scene in his first PGA TOUR year by winning last year’s first event of the year (then the Frys.com Open, now the Safeway Open), and had three other Top-10s, was announced today as the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year.
With all of the young talent in the game, the rookie award was highly competitive, but ultimately Grillo bested award favorite Si Woo Kim, who also had a win in his rookie season. Grillo started with a bang and finished strong, making it all the way to the TOUR Championship in Atlanta, finishing the year ranked 11th in FedEx points.
His first full season on TOUR led to a 70.637 scoring average and $3,371,705 in earnings, as well as a berth in the Olympics, representing Argentina.
Congratulations to both players, and good luck in the 2016-2017 season!
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