Two-time CIMB Classic champion and FedExCup winner Justin Thomas has been named as the 2017 PGA Tour Player of the Year.
The award was based on voting by the tour’s membership for the 2016-17 season, with members who played in at least 15 official money events this past season eligible to vote. Thomas, who will receive the Jack Nicklaus Trophy as Player of the Year, was selected for the honour over Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth.
“With five remarkable wins and his season-long consistency that resulted in the FedExCup title, Justin is a deserving winner of PGA Tour Player of the Year. We also salute his excellence off the course, as he is one of the many young stars that have been tremendous ambassadors for the PGA Tour this year,” said PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan.
The 24-year-old Thomas captured the 2017 FedExCup following a five-win season that included his first Major victory at the PGA Championship. His other victories came at the CIMB Classic (2016), Sentry Tournament of Champions, Sony Open in Hawaii and Dell Technologies Championship. At the Sony Open, Thomas became the youngest player to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour, doing so in the first round.
Thomas also took home the Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA Tour’s leading money-winner (US$9,921,560) and finished third in Adjusted Scoring Average (69.359). Last week in his Presidents Cup debut, Thomas posted a record of 3-1-1 for the victorious US Team at Liberty National.
Thomas will return to Malaysia next week to defend his CIMB Classic title at TPC Kuala Lumpur, where he will be joined by PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele who is making his debut in the US$7 million event.