August 26, 2019 / 8:59 PM / 25 days ago

Golf: Koepka claims second consecutive PGA Player of Year award

Aug 25, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Brooks Koepka plays his shot from the tenth tee during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Brooks Koepka has claimed PGA of America Player of the Year honours for the second consecutive year, edging the newly crowned Tour Championship winner Rory McIlroy, the PGA of America said on Monday.

Koepka, winner of three titles this season including a successful defence of his PGA championship crown, finished with 84 points.

The 29-year-old American also topped the PGA Tour money list, pocketing $9.68 million in prize money.

McIlroy, PGA of America Player of the Year in 2012 and 2014, also had a hat-trick of victories, with the Northern Irishman winning the Players Championship, Canadian Open and Tour Championship, for 78 points.

Patrick Cantlay and Gary Woodland were a distant third on 42 points.

Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Editing by Clare Fallon

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