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Pro Golf Weekly’s 2017 All-Pro Team

Pro Golf Weekly announced on Tuesday its inaugural All-Pro Team presented by Swing U, recognizing the tour pros who have proven to be the world’s very best over a 12-month period.

The 2017 All-Pro team is comprised of seven PGA Tour members, two others who play on the European Tour, and three who tee it up on both tours. The 12 players represent five countries, led by the United States with five, alongside three from England, two from Spain, and one each from Japan and Australia.

Headlined by World Nos. 1 and 2, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth, respectively, the All-Pro Team presented by Swing U also includes each tour’s Player of the Year in Justin Thomas (PGA), and Sergio Garcia (European).


DUSTIN JOHNSON

The World No. 1 got off to hot start, ripping off three straight wins, including a pair of WGC titles. But a freak injury on the eve of the Masters derailed a potentially historic season. Recovered in time to capture his fourth title of the season in the opening leg of the FedExCup playoffs.

Born: Columbia, South Carolina
Age: 33 (June 22, 1984)
Nationality: United States
Residence: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
College: Coastal Carolina University
Height: 6’4″ | Weight: 190
Tour: PGA TOUR | World Rank: 1 (Start: 2)
Wins: 4 | Top 3: 2 | Top 10: 4

2017 TOURNAMENT TITLES

  • WGC-Mexico Championship (WGC)
  • WGC-Dell Match Play (WGC)
  • Genesis Open (PGA)
  • THE NORTHERN TRUST (PGA)

JORDAN SPIETH

Another multi-win season for the “Golden Child.” Grabbed an early win at Pebble Beach, which he referred to a “bucket-list” victory. Captured the Travelers with a hole-out bunker shot seen ’round the world, then played a back nine for the ages at The Open to capture his third major championship.

Born: Dallas, Texas
Age: 24 (July 27, 1993)
Nationality: United States
Residence: Dallas, Texas
College: University of Texas
Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 185
Tour: PGA TOUR | World Rank: 2 (5)
Wins: 3 | Top 3: 4 | Top 10: 4

2017 TOURNAMENT TITLES

  • AT&T Pebble Beach (PGA)
  • Travelers Championship (PGA)
  • The Open Championship (MAJ)

JUSTIN THOMAS

Started the year with back-to-back wins in Hawaii, but cooled off somewhat in the spring. A record 63 at Erin Hills would be a sign of things to come in the late summer, where a dramatic win at the PGA Championship was quickly followed by a victory in Boston, en route to the season-long FedExCup title. Added a fifth 2017 title at the inaugural CJ Cup (which counted for 2018). The former Alabama star was the easy choice for the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year award.

Born: Louisville, Kentucky
Age: 24 (July 27, 1993)
Nationality: United States
Residence: Jupiter, Florida
College: University of Alabama
Height: 5’10” | Weight: 160
Tour: PGA TOUR | World Rank: 3 (35)
Wins: 5 | Top 3: 1 | Top 10: 4

2017 TOURNAMENT TITLES

  • Sentry Tournament of Champions (PGA)
  • Sony Open (PGA)
  • PGA Championship (MAJ)
  • Dell Tech Championship (PGA)
  • The CJ Cup (PGA)

JON RAHM

In his first full season as a tour professional, the former World No. 1 amateur scored three worldwide wins (one on the PGA Tour, and two more on the Euro Tour) to end the year with a world ranking of No. 4. The dominant performance also earned the Spaniard the Euro Tour’s top rookie award.

Born: Barrika, Basque Country, Spain
Age: 23 (November 10, 1993)
Nationality: Spain
Residence: Scottsdale, Arizona
College: Arizona State University
Height: 6’2″ | Weight: 220
Tour: PGA TOUR, European Tour | World Rank: 4 (125)
Wins: 3 | Top 3: 4 | Top 10: 7

2017 TOURNAMENT TITLES

  • Farmer’s Insurance Open (PGA)
  • Dubai Duty Free Irish Open (EUR)
  • DP World Tour Championship (EUR)

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA

The Japanese superstar ended 2016 on fire with four wins and a runner up in his final five starts. He remained hot with a second place finish to Thomas in Hawaii, and then took home his second-straight Phoenix title. A late season win in Akron gave the 25-year old a three-win Tour season, and two of the four WGC titles.

Born: Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan
Age: 25 (February 25, 1992)
Nationality: Japan
Residence: Orlando, Florida
College: Tohoku Fukushi University
Height: 5’11” | Weight: 185
Tour: PGA TOUR | World Rank: 5 (6)
Wins: 2 | Top 3: 2 | Top 10: 4

2017 TOURNAMENT TITLES

  • Waste Management Phoenix Open (PGA)
  • WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (WGC)

JUSTIN ROSE

The Englishman started his season with a tough loss to Garcia at the Masters, but finished it with ten straight top 10s, including three wins, to wrap up what was arguably his best season at the age of 37.

Born: Johannesburg, South Africa
Age: 37 (July 30, 1980)
Nationality: England
Residence: Orlando, Florida (and London)
Height: 6’2″ | Weight: 185
Tour: PGA TOUR, European Tour | World Rank: 6 (15)
Wins: 3 | Top 3: 3 | Top 10: 9

2017 TOURNAMENT TITLES

  • WGC-HSBC Champions (WGC)
  • Turkish Airlines Open (EUR)
  • Indonesian Masters (ASA)

RICKIE FOWLER

Another outstanding season for the now 28 year old superstar. He won the Honda early in the year and closed it out with a win in the Bahamas at Tiger’s all-star event. Once again racked up all kinds of top 5s and top 10s, but still no major.

Born: Murrieta, California
Age: 28 (December 13, 1988)
Nationality: United States
Residence: Jupiter, Florida
College: Oklahoma State University
Height: 5’9″ | Weight: 155
Tour: PGA TOUR | World Rank: 7 (14)
Wins: 2 | Top 3: 5 | Top 10: 5

2017 TOURNAMENT TITLES

  • The Honda Classic (PGA)
  • Hero World Challenge (PGA)

BROOKS KOEPKA

The former Florida State star captured his first major by winning the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Finished inside the top 13 (T11, T6, T13) in the three additional majors. Wrapped up the calendar year with a T2 in China followed by a win at the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan.

Born: West Palm Beach, Florida
Age: 27 (May 3, 1990)
Nationality: United States
Residence: Jupiter, Florida
College: Florida State University
Height: 6’0″ | Weight: 190
Tour: PGA TOUR | World Rank: 8 (18)
Wins: 2 | Top 3: 2 | Top 10: 3

2017 TOURNAMENT TITLES

  • U.S. Open (MAJ)
  • Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (JAP)

SERGIO GARCIA

The longtime fan favorite finally broke through this past spring in Augusta to win his first major. The victory highlighted a three-win season for the Spaniard, which led to his first European Tour Player of the Year award.

Born: Borriol, Castellón, Spain
Age: 37 (January 9, 1980)
Nationality: Spain
Residence: Orlando, Florida (and Borriol)
Height: 5’10” | Weight: 180
Tour: PGA TOUR, European Tour | World Rank: 10 (15)
Wins: 3 | Top 3: 1 | Top 10: 2

2017 TOURNAMENT TITLES

  • The Masters (MAJ)
  • Omega Dubai Desert Classic (EUR)
  • Andalucia Valderrama Masters (EUR)

MARC LEISHMAN

The vastly-underrated Aussie enjoyed a break out season with two wins, including a playoff victory at the BMW Championship. Also took Thomas to OT in Korea during the wrap-around’s CJ Cup. A T4 at the Australian PGA gave the 34–year old four top 5s in his final six starts of 2017.

Born: Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
Age: 34 (October 23, 1983)
Nationality: Australia
Residence: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Height: 6’2″ | Weight: 210
Tour: PGA TOUR | World Rank: 13 (55)
Wins: 2 | Top 3: 2 | Top 10: 4

2017 TOURNAMENT TITLES

  • Arnold Palmer Invitational (PGA)
  • BMW Championship (PGA)

TYRRELL HATTON

The Englishman started the year with three top 5s in five starts, but went cold all summer. He finally broke out in the fall where a T3 and T8 led to consecutive wins in October. His solid play continued over the final four tournaments, concluding with a T8 in Dubai at the Tour Championship.

Born: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
Age: 26 (October 14, 1991)
Nationality: England
Residence: Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England
Height: 5’9″ | Weight: 160
Tour: European Tour | World Rank: 16 (24)
Wins: 2 | Top 3: 2 | Top 10: 5

2017 TOURNAMENT TITLES

  • Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (EUR)
  • Italian Open (EUR)

TOMMY FLEETWOOD

Started the season with a win in Dubai then finished runner up at the WGC-Mexico Championship. A fourth-place finish at Erin Hills put the Englishman on the map in the States. A victory in France the next month moved the 26-year old into the pole position in the Race to Dubai, which he eventually won, holding off a late run by Rose.

Born: Southport, England
Age: 26 (January 19, 1991)
Nationality: England
Residence: Southport, England
Height: 5’11” | Weight: 165
Tour: European Tour | World Rank: 17 (100)
Wins: 2 | Top 3: 3 | Top 10: 7

2017 TOURNAMENT TITLES

  • Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship (EUR)
  • HNA Open de France (EUR)

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Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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