Collected five top-10s, including a win and a runner-up, and made the cut in 20 of 31 starts.
It marked the first top-10 finish of his career.
Posted 66-69-71 and was four shots back after 54 holes of the Cleveland Open.
Ended his season No.
He became first PLAYERS champion to go bogey-free over his last 18 holes since Tim Clark in 2010.
Only missed one cut in his first nine appearances.