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Johnson named PGA player of the year

US golfer Dustin Johnson has been named the PGA Tour's player of the year.
Johnson named PGA player of the year
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Dustin Johnson has been named the PGA Tour's player of the year after a sensational 2015-16 season in which he celebrated his breakthrough victory in a major championship.

The world No.2 landed the coveted honour after posting a career-best three wins, including his US Open triumph at Oakmont Country Club in June.

Johnson, who also won the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and BMW Championship, claimed the honours over Australian world No.1 Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth and British Open champion Henrik Stenson in a vote of his peers.

In 22 starts, the long-hitting Johnson had a tour-best 15 top-10 finishes and made 21 cuts.

The 32-year-old also earned the earned the Arnold Palmer Award as the Tour's leading money winner ($US9.4 million) and claimed the Byron Nelson Award for adjusted scoring average (69.172).

After several near-misses in recent years, Johnson finally clinched his first major title amid high drama as he was forced to negotiate the final seven holes under notice that he might be penalised for a rules infraction.

He also held top spot on the FedExCup points list going into the season-ending Tour Championship, where he narrowly missed out on the mind-boggling $US10 million playoff bonus after struggling to a closing 73.

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