The Best Play­ers

New Zealand Golf Magazine - - NEWS -

In 1937, the PGA of Amer­ica

started pre­sent­ing the Var­don Tro­phy, in hon­our of leg­endary Bri­tish golfer Harry Var­don to the tour­ing pro­fes­sional with the low­est scor­ing av­er­age. Since 1988, it has been awarded to the player 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

Reign­ing PGA Cham­pion Justin Thomas capped a five­vic­tory sea­son by earn­ing his first PGA of Amer­ica Player of the Year Award.

Open Cham­pion Jor­dan Spi­eth, who fin­ished run­ner-up to Thomas, won his sec­ond Var­don Tro­phy in three years. The PGA Player of the Year and Var­don Tro­phy are the sea­son-end­ing awards pre­sented by the PGA of Amer­ica for ex­cel­lence by a PGA TOUR pro­fes­sional.

Thomas, who earned the Fedex Cup in just his third sea­son on the PGA TOUR, fin­ished No. 1 in sea­son money earn­ings with a run­ner-up per­for­mance in Sun­day's TOUR Cham­pi­onship. He closed the PGA Player of the Year race with 106 to­tal points. Spi­eth, who tied for sev­enth in the TOUR Cham­pi­onship, earned 88 to­tal points. Dustin John­son was third with 66, fol­lowed by Hideki Mat­suyama with 56 and Marc Leish­man with 44.

John­son won four times this sea­son, while Mat­suyama and Spi­eth each had three victories.

Since 1948, the PGA of Amer­ica has recog­nised 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 Oc­to­ber 2016, and con­cluded Septem­ber 2017, at the TOUR Cham­pi­onship.

Jor­dan Spi­eth, who pre­vi­ously won the Var­don Tro­phy in 2015, posted a 68.846 ad­justed scor­ing av­er­age based upon 85 com­plete rounds. Rickie Fowler was run­ner-up at 69.083; Thomas third (69.359); Leish­man fourth (69.468); and Paul Casey fifth (69.469).

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.