Garcia named European Tour Golfer Of The Year
And the honours just keep on coming for Spanish star Sergio Garcia.
The reigning Masters Champion has just been named European Tour Golfer of the Year for 2017…the first time he has received this prestige award.
Sergio Garcia being presented with the 2017 Masters Green Jacket (Credit: Golfbytourmiss)
Still after winning his first major earlier this year – among three wins on the European Tour, few would argue his credentials were impeccable for such an honour.
It was a year to savour for the 37-year-old, who outlasted his Ryder Cup team-mate Justin Rose in a play-off to become the third Spaniard to claim the famous Green Jacket, behind the late great Seve Ballesteros and José María Olazábal, who both won this major twice in their careers.
Fittingly, Garcia’s triumph came on the day the legendary Ballesteros would have turned 60, and in recognition of his achievements throughout 2017, a panel consisting of members of the golfing media voted him as winner of the Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Year award for 2017, an award Ballesteros won three times – in 1986, 1988 and 1991.
“This is an amazing honour,” said Garcia, whose year of celebration also included marrying his fiancée Angela Akins in July.
“I think both on and off the golf course it has been a unique and unbelievable year, and one that I will definitely remember my whole life.”
“I am so happy to receive this award, and to be named the Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Year, against the calibre of players that were in contention is incredible.”
“Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton and Jon Rahm are all amazing players, and all had unbelievable years themselves.”
“With the five of us filling the top five places in the Race to Dubai, it shows the real strength of the European Tour, and European players in particular, and hopefully we will keep that going for next September in Paris.”