Johnson’s résumé now includes a major (U.S. Open), World Golf Championship (Bridgestone) and playoff event (BMW Championship). He is also No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings heading into the season-ending Tour Championship.
The only other serious contender for the award is Jason Day, who withdrew during the final round of the BMW because of a back injury. The world No. 1 has three victories, including The Players and a WGC, but no major.
Johnson also leads the PGA Tour in adjusted scoring average, at 69.14.
By withdrawing during the BMW, Day is now ineligible for the Vardon Trophy. He was second on the list, at 69.36, while Jordan Spieth (69.472), Adam Scott (69.474) and Phil Mickelson (69.52) round out the top five.
Asked about the prospect of being named Player of the Year by his peers for the first time, Johnson said: “There’s still one more week to go in the year, but I feel like I’ve had a great year so far. I think our peers vote on it, so you’ve got to ask them.”