Dustin Johnson captures 2016 PGA of America Player of the Year Award & Vardon Trophy

Dustin Johnson put the finishing touches on a banner season, earning his first PGA of America Player of the Year Award and the Vardon Trophy. The season-ending awards are presented by the PGA of America for excellence by a PGA TOUR professional.

Johnson, the reigning U.S. Open Champion, collected 90 points this year, while Jason Day finished with 74. Johnson and Day were each three-time winners this season.

In one of the closest Vardon Trophy races in years, Johnson closed out the race with an adjusted scoring average of 69.172 based upon 87 complete rounds. Scott finished runner-up at 69.470, while Spieth was third (69.520) and Phil Mickelson fourth (69.582).

Overall, Johnson earned 30 points by winning the U.S. Open, and 20 combined points for wins in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the BMW Championship. He also gained 20 points for leading the money list and 20 more for capturing the Vardon Trophy.

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 2015-16 season began with the Frys.com Open on Oct. 18, and concluded Sept. 25, at the TOUR Championship.

Since 1937, the Vardon Trophy, named by the PGA of America in honor of legendary British golfer Harry Vardon, is awarded 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.

Koepka and Johnson help Team USA to Ryder Cup victory

Europe’s run of Ryder Cup victories was brought to an end as the United States won the trophy for the first time in eight years at Hazeltine National last night.

The win was sealed when Ryan Moore defeated Lee Westwood one up on the last, the pick handing redemption to United States captain Davis Love III following the Miracle at Medinah in 2012 when Europe had fought back from 10-6 behind to win on the final day.

Hambric boys Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka then sealed further wins for the USA, with DJ beating Chris Wood by the narrowest of margins, 1up and Brooks brushing aside the challenge of current Masters Champion, Danny Willett, defeating him 5&4 in the Sunday singles.

As well as his Sunday Singles victory, Koepka had a marvellous maiden Ryder Cup as he got a red point on the board in the Friday Afternoon four-balls with partner Brandt Snedeker, beating Europe’s Martin Kaymer and Danny Willett 5&4.

In the next session, the Saturday Morning foursomes, the same duo overcame the challenge of Henrik Stenson and European rookie Matt Fitzpatrick by 3&2. A tough draw for Hambric pair Brooks & DJ saw them go down to the formidable partnership of Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters, 3&1.

When asked about how he felt his played all week, Brooks said ‘It’s been an unbelievable experience. I mean, to come in here as a rookie, to go in the team room, it’s been unreal. I didn’t know what to expect, but it really has been unbelievable. Everything that’s gone on between the team room, to getting to know these guys that much better, it’s surpassed everything I ever thought it would, and it’s been fun. You know, to team up with DJ, team up with Brandt, it’s been incredible and it’s been an awesome week.’.

US Open Champion Dustin Johnson played 4 out of the 5 sessions, sealing 2 points for Team USA. In the Friday Morning Foursomes, DJ and the experienced Matt Kuchar defeated Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters 5&4, to get off to winning ways.

Friday Afternoon four-ball session saw DJ and Kuchar go down fighting to McIlroy and Pieters 3&2. In the next session, Saturday Afternoon four-balls, Brooks and DJ once again went down to Europe’s McIlroy and Pieters.

In the crucial Sunday singles, Dustin saw off the challenge from Chris Wood in an exciting encounter which saw DJ win 1up to seal his final point for Team USA.

Congratulations to Dustin, Brooks and the rest of Team USA on their historic win over Europe and reclaiming the trophy after 8 years on European soil!

Dustin Johnson wins by 3 at the BMW Championship

Powerful off the tee and relentless with the putter, Dustin Johnson didn’t give anyone much of a chance on Sunday by closing with a 5-under 67 to win the BMW Championship by three shots and move to the top of the FedEx Cup.

Johnson won for the third time in his last eight tournaments, including his first major at the U.S. Open. This win at the BMW has been his most complete performance.

He withstood a stubborn challenge from Paul Casey who shot a 5-under 67 on the final day of the tournament also and applied the pressure to DJ throughout. This victory sets up a PGA Tour player of the year showdown with Jason Day in the Tour Championship at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta in two weeks.

It took him three holes to give up his three-shot lead to Casey but four birdies in the next five holes re-established his advantage and he was never headed again. Johnson completed 72 holes in 23-under par (265) which was an emphatic display on the final day of the tournament. DJ reeled off five birdies in his next nine holes to pull clear of his challengers and, although a bogey at the par-three 13th cut his advantage to three, he won comfortably after a five-under-par final round of 67.

“I hit a lot of good shots, a couple of bad misses but other than that played really solid all week,” Johnson, 32, said in a greenside interview. “I got a lot of confidence in every part of my game, especially all the work I’ve put in on my wedges has really paid off this year, and this week I used a new putter and it really worked.”

Victory puts him in pole position heading into The Tour Championship in Atlanta later this month, the week before the Ryder Cup, in which Johnson will be one of United States captain Davis Love III’s key players.

“The more I practice, the more I’m in the situation, the more I know what to do and what to expect in the situations and kind of know what shots that I can hit and not to hit and I like it,” he said. “I enjoy being in the hunt and having to hit really good shots when you need to and I felt like the last few times I’ve been there I’ve hit some great golf shots to finish it off.”

It was DJ’s third win in his past eight tournaments and his 12th PGA Tour title since 2008. Only Tiger Woods (18) has won more in that period, while Rory McIlroy has also claimed 12.

Congratulations DJ – another week, another win!

Johnson and Koepka qualify automatically for the 2016 Ryder Cup

Congratuatlions to Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka on automatically qualifying for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National.

Johnson qualified 1st after his maiden major at the US Open, followed quickly by his win at the WGC Bridgestone, while Brooks qualified in 6th spot after a  T4 finish in the PGA Championship and one week later, a T9 in the Travelers Championship.

U.S Ryder Cup team captain, Davis Love III said, “We’re thrilled to have Ryder Cup rookie Brooks Koepka on this team, I can’t wait to watch him experience his first Ryder Cup.”

Joining Dustin and Brooks on the team will be Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jimmy Walker, Brandt Snedeker and Zach Johnson. who are the other 6 players that automatically qualified for the 2016 team when points closed on Sunday at the conclusion of the Barclays – the opening event in the PGA Tour’s Playoffs. They will be joined by four other captains picks on September 11th and 25th.

We wish Dustin, Brooks and the rest of the US Ryder Cup team the very best of luck in their quest to win back the Ryder Cup.

Dustin Johnson Bio

A two-time Ryder Cup participant (2010, 2012), Johnson is hoping three times is a charm – as in his third Ryder Cup appearance yields his first time on the winning side. The long-hitting Johnson has a 4-3 record in seven Ryder Cup matches and is a perfect 2-0 in singles play. There’s no denying that Johnson steps it up for the big events, evidenced by his first major championship victory earlier this summer at Oakmont in the U.S. Open, followed by a win in his next start at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He also boasts two other World Golf Championships victories, as well as two wins in FedExCup Playoffs tournaments and 13 total top-10 finishes in majors dating back to 2009.

Brooks Koepka Bio

The Ryder Cup rookie muscled his way onto the team with a stretch of gutsy performances this summer. The big hitter nearly withdrew from the PGA Championship at Baltusrol with an injury but played on with a heavily-taped ankle and finished T4. He followed that up with a T9 the next week at the Travelers Championship. Prior to the season’s final major, Koepka finished in the top 10 four times in six starts after the Players Championship. His worst finish in that stretch was a T13 at the U.S. Open. The 26-year-old will be a welcome addition to the team.


Dustin Johnson came up just short at the US Open in Chambers Bay finishing tied for 2nd behind Jordan Spieth who collected his 2nd major of the year.

It was a hard pill to swallow for Dustin but he showed true class throughout the week and battled hard right until the end of the tournament late on Sunday evening. “At the end of the day, golf is golf,” Johnson said. “I’ve got my family and that’s most important to me. My trophy at the end of the day is holding up my little man.
“I couldn’t be more proud of myself and my family. No matter what, I’m going to keep my head high and I’m going to be happy.”

There was a lot of criticism on the choice and set up of the venue from the players and the wider golfing world, and in particular with the standard of the greens, but that did not stop the drama unfolding on a Sunday evening in a classic U.S. Open final day and congratulations must go the Jordan Spieth and how he ended up victorious.

It cannot all be seen negatively as Dustin’s tied 2nd now moves him into a career high 3rd on the Official World Golf Ranking and we have no doubt that DJ will continue to push hard with St.Andrews and Whistling Straits to look forward to.

Congrats from all at Hambric Sports Dustin. It may not have been the result you wanted but we are all still extremely proud of you.

Dustin Johnson Triumphs at Doral

Huge congratulations to Dustin Johnson on his victory at the WGC-Cadillac championship in Doral at the weekend.

Dustin shot a 69 for a nine-under par 279 total to secure his ninth PGA Tour victory, and his first since he won another W.G.C. event, in China, in 2013. “It’s one of my biggest wins, especially after a long layoff,” Johnson said. “I’ve been working hard on my game, and I’ve been working hard on me.”

In the last month, Dustin has recorded top-five finishes on some of the tour’s toughest courses. He lost in a playoff at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club and tied for fourth at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am before prevailing Sunday on a Blue Monster layout that gave up only five sub-70 scores (and yielded three in the 80s).

With the first major just around the corner, DJ finds himself travelling to Augusta in fine form and we are predicting great things for 2015.

Congratulations from all at Hambric Sports DJ!

DJ in form as Augusta draws closer

Dustin Johnson has continued his great form in 2014 as we draw closer to the first major of the season. Currently ranked 2nd in the Fed Ex Cup Standings and 8th in the Official World Golf Rankings, Dustin will head to Augusta as one of the most in-form players in the field.
Dustin’s season began with a victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai and it hasn’t stopped there. He recorded a t-6th at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and t-2nd places at both the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am and at The Northern Trust Open. Most recently Dustin finished tied 4th at WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral.
This year’s first major is hotting up to be a memorable one and here’s hoping DJ can bring his fine form with him as he drives up Magnolia Lane.

Johnson continues his love affair with Pebble Beach

Dustin Johnson capped off another great week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with a tied second place. He carded a final round 66 which put him in a tie with Jim Renner, finishing just one shot adrift of the winner, Jimmy Walker.
Dustin has had a great start to the 2014 season after his victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions, a tied 6th at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and now his runner up finished at the AT&T.  Dustin’s solid finish yesterday moves him to 4th in the Fed Ex Cup standings, 11th in the OWGR and is looking good as we draw nearer to the first major of the year.
Well done DJ.

Johnson soars in China

Finishing –5 in his final 6 holes on Sunday, including an eagle on 16, Dustin Johnson capped off one of his best weeks as a professional with a 3 shot win in Shanghai at the WGC-HSBC Champions. Dustin has now won a tournament in each of the 8 years he has been on Tour and this victory has to rank as one of his greatest as 40 of the top 50 players in the world were also competing.
Reflecting on his win, Dustin said: “I didn’t get off to the best start and Poulter and McDowell got off to great starts and put a lot of pressure on me, but I am swinging well and putting well so thought just stick to my game plan and play the golf course how I want to play it and it’s going to come,”.
Congrats on a great week DJ and here’s to an exciting 2014!!

Dustin wins in Maui

Well it can’t start much better than that….

Dustin Johnson has got his season off to the perfect start with victory at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui.  With this win Dustin became the first player since Tiger Woods to win in his first 6 seasons on Tour after leaving college. The tournament ended just over 29 hours after it started. 54 holes were all that was needed to show who was playing the best golf.

”It gives me a lot of confidence going into this year,” Johnson said… Click here for full article on PGA Tour’s website.