Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida – The PGA TOUR announced Wednesday that FedExCup champion Justin Thomas has been named the 2017 PGA TOUR Player of the Year as voted on by the TOUR’s membership for the 2016-17 season.
PGA TOUR members who played in at least 15 official money events this past season were eligible to vote. The balloting process ended on October 2.
“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, our congratulations to Justin Thomas on being voted the PGA TOUR Player of the Year by his peers,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “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.”
Thomas, a 24-year-old native of Louisville, Kentucky, captured the 2017 FedExCup following a five-win season that included his first major championship victory at the PGA Championship. His other victories came at the CIMB Classic, 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 en route to a wire-to-wire victory.
Thomas joined Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth as the only players since 1960 to capture five wins, including a major, in a season before the age of 25.
In 25 starts, Thomas had a TOUR-best 12 top-10 finishes (tied with Spieth) with 19 made cuts. In addition to his five wins, Thomas added four additional top-five finishes, led by a runner-up effort at the TOUR Championship. He also took home the Arnold Palmer Award as the TOUR’s leading money-winner ($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 U.S. Team at Liberty National Golf Club.
Thomas, who will receive the Jack Nicklaus Trophy for winning PGA TOUR Player of the Year, was selected for the honour over Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth.