Day, DJ leading tight race for Player of the Year


FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – With the PGA Tour’s postseason set to begin at The Barclays, the Player of the Year race remains up for grabs.

The two leading contenders, according to several players polled Wednesday at Bethpage Black, are no surprise – world No. 1 Jason Day and No. 2 Dustin Johnson.

Day has three wins this year, highlighted by his Players Championship and WGC-Dell Match Play triumphs. Although a late burst last year wasn’t enough to wrestle POY honors away from Jordan Spieth, he’s hoping to pull it off this time around by adding to his trophy collection.

“I think a couple wins would be nice. A couple more wins should do it, yeah,” Day said. “They should just take everything out, even with what Dustin has done. To have five wins again, and especially two more wins in the playoffs, will obviously get it done.”

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Johnson, meanwhile, also boasts a WGC win to go along with his U.S. Open victory. Already at a career best in the world rankings, he opted to downplay his current standing.

“I don’t know. I don’t think it’s up to me,” he said. “I feel like I’ve had a very, very good year. I feel like I’d be right there I think in the consideration. It’s been very solid, a lot of top-10s, a lot of top-5s, a couple wins with one major. I think it’s a pretty solid year.”

Johnson can take solace in the fact that the reigning Player of the Year gives him the edge heading into the Tour’s final stanza.

“We are soon to forget, when you just look at the most recent play. It’s funny,” Spieth said. “But I would put DJ frontrunner with Henrik (Stenson) with a chance to take it over. Jason still can I think, even without a major.”