Dustin Johnson is named PGA Tour Player of the Year
On July 31st, 2014, Dustin Johnson announced he would be taking a leave of absence from golf to address the off-course issues that threatened to derail his career and didn't compete professionally for half a year. Twenty-seven months later, Johnson is a major champion, a Ryder Cup winner, the second-ranked golfer in the world, and — as of Tuesday — the 2016 PGA Tour Player of the Year.
The award was voted on by PGA Tour members, and it wasn't a particularly difficult decision. Johnson led the PGA Tour in scoring average (69.17), top-10s (15) and money ($9.3 million, a stat that excludes Rory McIlroy's $10 million FedEx Cup bonus). Johnson finished in the top-25 in 19 of the 22 events he played over the course of the season.
Johnson's been playing in the PGA Tour full-time for nine seasons, but his winnings in 2016 alone account for an astounding 23 percent of his career earnings — and if it wasn't for a shaky final round at the Tour Championship at East Lake and some late-Sunday heroics from Rory McIlroy, Johnson would be $10 million richer.