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Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas in dead heat, while Dustin Johnson makes late charge for PGA Player of the Year award

By PGA of America
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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Aug. 28, 2017) – Reigning PGA Champion Justin Thomas and Open Champion Jordan Spieth are deadlocked at the top in the chase for the 2017 PGA of America Player of the Year Award, with Dustin Johnson making a late charge for one of the season-ending honors presented by the PGA of America for excellence by a PGA TOUR professional.

Spieth, who finished runner-up to Johnson last weekend in The Northern Trust, maintains the lead in the Vardon Trophy standings. Spieth and Thomas each have 86 overall points, while Johnson has 74, and Hideki Matsuyama 64.

Thomas and Johnson are four-time winners this season, while Matsuyama and Spieth each have won three events.

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 2016-17 season began with the Safeway Open on Oct. 16, and conclude Sept. 24, at the TOUR Championship.

In a tight Vardon Trophy race, Spieth has a 68.864 adjusted scoring average based upon 73 complete rounds. Rickie Fowler is next at 68.926, followed by Matsuyama (69.319), Johnson (69.422) and Thomas (69.454).

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.

   Player

   Victory

   Points

   Money

   Points

   Scoring

   Points

   Bonus

   Points

   Total

   Points

T1. Jordan Spieth

        50

        16

        20

--

        86

(AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Travelers Championship; Open Championship)

T1. Justin Thomas

        60

        14

         12

--

        86

(CIMB Classic, SBS Tournament of Champions, SONY Open in Hawaii, PGA Championship)

3. Dustin Johnson

        40

        20

         14

--

        74

(Genesis Open, WGC-Mexico Championship, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play,

The Northern Trust)

4. Hideki Matsuyama

         30

        18

         16

--

         64

(WGC-HSBC Champions, Waste Management Phoenix Open, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational)

T5. Sergio Garcia

        30

--

         10

--

        40

(The Masters)

 

 

 

 

 

T5. Brooks Koepka

         30

         10

--

--

         40

(U.S. Open Championship)

 

 

 

 

 

7. Rickie Fowler

        10

        8

        18

--

        36

(Honda Classic)

 

 

 

 

 

8. Jon Rahm

        10

        12

        2

--

        24

(Farmers Insurance Open)

 

 

 

 

 

9. Si Woo Kim

        20

--

--

--

        20

(The Players Championship)

 

 

 

 

 

T10. Kevin Kisner

        10

        6

--

--

        16

(Dean & Deluca Invitational)

 

 

 

 

 

T10. Marc Leishman

        10

--

        6

--

        16

2017  Vardon Trophy Standings*

(Ending 8/9/17)

 

   Rounds

   Adj. Avg.

   1. Jordan Spieth

   73

   68.864

   2. Rickie Fowler

   66

   68.926

   3. Hideki Matsuyama

   71

   69.319

   4. Dustin Johnson

   65

   69.422

   5. Justin Thomas

   74

   69.454

   6. Sergio Garcia

   53

   69.499

   7. Paul Casey

   82

   69.515

   8. Marc Leishman

   82

   69.566

   9. Francesco Molinari

   67

   69.644

   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

 

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