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Thomas Trumps Rivals for PGA Tour Player Of The Year

Justin Thomas has won the Jack Nicklaus Trophy as the 2017 PGA Tour Player of the Year.
Justin Thomas has edged out a trio of big name rivals to claim the Jack Nicklaus Trophy as the PGA Tour's 2017 Player of the Year.

The 24-year-old received more votes from his peers than contenders Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth for a season that yielded five PGA Tour titles including his major breakthrough at the PGA Championship and victory in the season-long FedEx Cup.

Thomas began 2017 in 22nd position in the world rankings and by season’s end had risen to 4th.

In just his 3rd season on the PGA Tour, Thomas won the CIMB Classic for the second straight occasion, the SBS Tournament of Champions and shot an opening round 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open to notch back-to-back wins in Hawaii. 

He followed his PGA Championship victory in Charlotte with another at the Dell Technologies Championship in Boston before wrapping up the FedEx Cup trophy with a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.  

“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 of course was delighted to have been chose by his peers as the PGA Tour’s best player in 2017.

"Yeah, I mean, it was a tremendous honour,” he said on Wednesday (US time). “I mean, I think it kind of became official and really sunk in a little bit more when I got the call from the commissioner.

“You know, it's something that I felt like I may win just because of Atlanta and how the year ended out, but I knew how tight of a race it was going up until then and how many people had the opportunity or with one week to kind of change everything.

“It was weird with Presidents Cup last week and never really was a thought, and then finally got that call, and it just kind of sunk in. I was with my parents when I got the call, so I was able to kind of share the moment with them a little bit. But it's a huge honour. Any time you can win an award with someone like Jack Nicklaus's name on the award - it definitely means a lot, and it's something that I'll cherish for a while for sure.

When asked how he might back it up, Thomas replied;

“I think I'll just continue to do what I have, and I don't know who I heard it from back when I was in college or whenever it was, but you just kind of have to break it up.

“You know, you have to have probably two to four goals that are very achievable that you should achieve, and two to four goals that are in grasp but they'll be tough, and then two to four goals that are maybe a little bit out of the realm and that are going to be very difficult to do but are somewhat achievable if you have a great year like I did this year.

That's something I'll probably spend some time talking to Mr. Nicklaus about or Tiger because those are guys -- those are the only people -- or even Jordan, those are the only people I know that have had such success in one season multiple times, and they've had to deal with resetting their goals and re-evaluating.

“I'm just going to have to figure out how to do so, but that's kind of how I'll break it up is have some that are not easy but some that I should achieve, some that are doable but tough, and then some that are maybe a little bit harder.

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