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Thomas voted player of the year

Justin Thomas was named 2017 PGA Tour Player of the Year on Wednesday, crowning a superb season which saw five wins, including a maiden major victory.

The 24-year-old from Louisville, Kentucky, had already brought the curtain down on a fine year by winning the season-ending FedEx Cup crown last month.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said Thomas’s award of the Jack Nicklaus Trophy reflected his consistent performances across the year.

“On behalf of the PGA Tour, our congratulations to Justin Thomas on being voted the PGA Tour Player of the Year by his peers,” Monahan said in a statement.

“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 won his first career major in August at the PGA Championship. He also notched wins at the CIMB Classic, Sentry Tournament of Champions, Sony Open in Hawaii and Dell Technologies Championship.

Thomas’s Sony Open win in Hawaii also saw him become the youngest player in history to break 60, with a first-round 59 on the way to a wire-to-wire victory.

Thomas nominated his tee shot at the par-3 17th at Quail Hollow in the final round of the PGA Championship as the most special in a remarkable season.

“That shot was probably the best shot I’ve ever hit in my life under those circumstances,” he said of the seven-iron from 200 yards that cleared the water hazard, found the heart of the green, and set up a 15-foot birdie that all but clinched the championship.

Thomas also played a role in helping the United States win last week’s Presidents Cup by posting a 3-1-1 record against the International team.

Only three other players — fellow Americans Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth — since 1960 have won five tournaments, including a major, in a single season before turning 25.

The player of the year award is voted on by PGA Tour professionals who have played in at least 15 official money events this season. The ballots closed on October 2.

Xander Schauffele was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. He won twice, including the season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta, where Thomas finished runner-up.

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