The PGA Tour named Justin Thomas its 2016-17 Player of the Year following a season where he won five times, including his first major championship.
The 24-year-old Thomas, who also won the season-long FedExCup title, easily edged World No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama for what is essentially the Tour’s MVP award.
Thomas won three early tournaments (CIMB Classic, Sony Open, and SBS Tournament of Champions), then closed strong with a major win at the PGA Championship and a playoff title in Boston (Dell Technologies Championship).
The Kentucky native and Alabama alum, was also a member of last week’s winning U.S. Presidents Cup team.
“It’s a tremendous honor. It really sunk in when I got the call from the commissioner (Jay Monahan),” Thomas said. “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 will make his 2017-18 Tour debut at next week’s CIMB Classic where he will look to make it a three-peat.