Justin Thomas, Player of the Year
Finally, the wait is over and the Player of the Year has been awarded to Justin Thomas, the man who won the FedEx Cup title and Xander Schauffele was named Rookie of the Year for his consistency.
Justin Thomas who currently ranks No.1 in the FedEx Cup rankings and fourth on the Official World Golf Ranking won five of his six wins in 2017 season. The list includes his win at CIMB Classic, SBS Tournament of Champions in Jan 2017, Sony Open in Hawai, PGA Championship, Dell Technologies, and notably the Second finish at the Tour Championship.
Justin Thomas awarded
Justin Thomas with his first major this year at PGA Championship had a lot to back him. His 3-1-1 at the Presidents Cup made the choice for the judges easy. Thomas previously won the PGA of America Award as player of the year, based on points.
Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, & Hideki Matsuyama The contenders
This was not an easy decision to be made knowing that Thomas’s pal Jordan Spieth led the rankings and was the favorite for the prestigious award for a long time. As Spieth, the Golden Bear’s record, this year has been impeccable.
Spieth won AT&T Pebble Beach, Travelers Championship, The Open Championship, and to make up for his chances were his 12 Top-10 finishes alone this season. Out of 23 events, he played this season he won 3, finished second in three, came third in two and made cut in 20.
Currently No.1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Johnson has been a force to reckon on PGA Tour, this season he played in 20 events, won four, stood second in one, third in one and 8 Top 10 finishes.
His wins include Genesis Open, WGC Mexico Championship, WGC Dell Tech Match Play and The Northern Trust.
Every Golf fan knows that Hideki can change the course of the game any moment, challenging opponents and touching great heights is this man’s forte. Currently ranked third on the Official World Golf Ranking after Dustin Johnson & Jordan Spieth. Matsuyama has three wins in 2017 season one each at Hero World Challenge, Waste Management Phoenix,and WGC Bridgestone Invitational.
Hideki who played 22 events this year won three, stood second in three, and had 7 Top 10 finishes in his favor.
Xander Schauffele, Rookie of the Year
Xander Schauffele won the Tour Championship, defeating Justin Thomas. He is the only player in the history to win it after making a birdie on the last hole. In this season Xander played in 28 events, made cut in 20, won two and finished four times in Top-10.
His other win than the Tour Championship came at the Greenbrier Classic in July this year.
With the CIMB Classic just two weeks away, where it all started for Justin Thomas, and he is again going to be there, lets see how this young man continues his journey. Hoping he checks his complete list which he makes for the year.