2-time PGA Champion Brooks Koepka edges Rory McIlroy to capture second consecutive PGA Player of the Year Award

By PGA of America
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2-time PGA Champion Brooks Koepka edges Rory McIlroy to capture second consecutive PGA Player of the Year Award

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Aug. 26, 2019) – Two-time defending PGA Champion Brooks Koepka edged Rory McIlroy in capturing a second consecutive PGA of America Player of the Year Award, presented by the PGA of America for excellence by a PGA TOUR professional.

McIlroy, who won last weekend’s TOUR Championship and was a three-time-time winner this season, earned his third Vardon Trophy.

Koepka’s drive to a second straight PGA Player of the Year Award was highlighted by his repeat triumph in the PGA Championship in May. His overall 84 points are based upon 50 points for collecting his fourth career major along with victories in The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges and the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. He topped the season money list and was fourth in the Vardon Trophy standings for adjusted scoring average. The official PGA TOUR season money list concludes prior to the 30-player TOUR Championship.

McIlroy, the 2012 and ’14 PGA Player of the Year, was second overall with 78 points, followed by Patrick Cantlay and U.S. Open Champion Gary Woodland with 42 points each.

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 2018-19 season began with the Safeway Open on Oct. 4, and concluded Aug. 25, at the TOUR Championship.

In the Vardon Trophy race, McIlroy finished with a 69.057 adjusted scoring average based upon 72 complete rounds. He previously won the Vardon Trophy in 2012 and ’14. Cantlay finished runner-up at 69.306; followed by Webb Simpson (69.377), Koepka (69.395) and Justin Thomas (69.466).

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 September, determined by a vote of the membership.

FINAL 2019 PGA Player of the Year Standings (ending 8/25/19)

Player Victory points Money points Scoring points Total points
1. Brooks Koepka 50 20 14 84
(The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, PGA Championship, WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational)        
2. Rory McIlroy 40 18 20 78
(The Players Championship, RBC Canadian Open, TOUR Championship)        
T3 Patrick Cantlay 10 14 18 42
(The Memorial Tournament)        
T3 Gary Woodland 30 12 -- 42
(U.S. Open)        
5. Matt Kuchar 20 16 -- 36
(Mayakoba Golf Classic, SONY Open in Hawaii)        
T6 Xander Schauffele 20 10 -- 30
(WGC-HSBC Championship, Sentry Tournament of Champions)        
T6 Shane Lowry 30 -- -- 30
(Open Championship)        
T6 Tiger Woods 30 -- -- 30
(The Masters)        
9. Justin Thomas 10 6 12 28
(BMW Championship)        
T10 Dustin Johnson 10 8 -- 18
(WGC-Mexico Championship)        
T10 Webb Simpson -- 2 16 18


FINAL 2019 Vardon Trophy Standings

Player Rounds Adj. Avg.
1. Rory McIlroy 72 69.057
2. Patrick Cantlay 77 69.306
3. Webb Simpson 81 69.377
4. Brooks Koepka 81 69.395
5. Justin Thomas 75 69.466
6. Jon Rahm 75 69.618
7. Adam Scott 63 69.693
8. Tommy Fleetwood 71 69.729
9. Paul Casey 79 69.821
10. Justin Rose 66 69.825

Points are distributed based upon 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