Dynamic Duo Makes Final Push for POY at TOUR Championship
Entering the TOUR Championship, five players control their own destiny in the pursuit of the FedExCup. With a win at East Lake, recently resigned TaylorMade Staffers Jason Day and Dustin Johnson are two of those players who can automatically claim the FedExCup and the $10M payout that comes with it.
However, for Jason and Dustin, there is another prize within their grasps: PGA TOUR Player of the Year.
Both players have led incredible campaigns in the 2016 PGA TOUR season, each picking up 3 wins against highly competitive fields. As a result, POY has become a two-horse race, leaving Jason Day and Dustin Johnson to face off against each other, mono a mono, at East Lake for the FedExCup and for PGA TOUR Player of the Year.
After playing on the brink for greatness throughout much of his career, Dustin Johnson finally broke through in 2016 when he won his first Major Championship at the U.S. Open. Since the win at Oakmont, DJ has gone on to win 2 of his last 7 events and has built up a commanding lead in FedEx Cup points. DJ and Jason stack up pretty closely across the board in making a case for Player of the Year, but DJ's Major will carry a ton of weight and seems to position him as the leading contender heading into the TOUR Championship.
Here’s a look at DJ's `15-`16 season resume:
U.S. Open (67-69-71-69) | -4
WGC Bridgestone Invitational (69-73-66-66) | -6
BMW Championship (67-63-68-67) | -23
#1 FedEx Cup Points (5,189)
#1 Money List ($9,067,685)
#1 in Top 10s (14)
#1 Driving Distance (314.2)
#1 Scoring Average (69.174)
#1 Birdie Average (4.45 per round)
#1 Total Eagles (16)
#1 Par 4 Scoring Average (3.96)
#2 in Official World Golf Ranking
#2 Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (+1.706)
Longest Drive: 397 Yards
Late last season, Jason won the 2015 RBC Canadian Open, kicking off a run of 7 wins in 17 starts. It’s one of the most epic runs in golf history and propelled Jason into No. 1 in the World—but splitting the campaign into two season’s isn’t helping his case for POY. It looks like his only path to capturing Player of the Year is winning at East Lake to claim the TOUR Championship and the coveted FedExCup.
Here’s a look at Jason's `15-`16 season resume:
Arnold Palmer Invitational (66-65-70-70) | -17
WGC Dell Match Play
THE PLAYERS Championship (63-66-73-71) | -15
#1 in the Official World Golf Ranking
#1 Strokes Gained: Putting (+1.112)
#1 Strokes Gained: Total (+2.084)
#1 Putting Average (1.559)
#2 in Scoring Average (69.361)
#2 Money List ($8,045,112)
#2 Sand Save Percentage (62.26%)
#3 in Top 10s (10)
#4 in FedEx Cup Points (3,409)
Longest Drive: 404 Yards