Justin Thomas was voted the PGA Tour Player of the Year by the tour’s members.
Thomas led the Tour with five victories, including his first major title at the PGA Championship, and won the FedEx Cup after finishing second at the Tour Championship.
“It’s a tremendous honor,” Thomas said during a conference call. “It really sunk in when I got the call from the commissioner (Jay Monahan). It was something I felt I may win because of Atlanta and how the year played out but I knew how tight of a race it was up until then. With one week to go a lot of things can happen.
“Any time you can win an award with someone like Jack Nicklaus’ name on the award, it definitely means a lot.”
Thomas, 24, began the year ranked No. 22 in the world, but is now at No. 4 – behind only fellow Americans Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama. He also participated in his first Presidents Cup last week, and was a key member of the U.S. team that defeated the International team 19-11.
Thomas won the CIMB Classic in Malaysia last fall as part of the Tour’s wrap-around schedule. He will defend that title next week. He also won back-to-back titles in Hawaii. Thomas’ fourth victory of the season came the PGA, and he won the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs at the Dell Technologies event.
Tour Championship winner Xander Schauffele was named the tour’s Rookie of the Year. Thomas finished second to Schauffele at the season-ending event, but did take home the $10 million bonus for winning the Cup.