Justin Thomas named PGA Tour Player Of The Year

He might not be No. 1 in the world – yet – but Justin Thomas has won just about everything else he has aimed for this year.

Now the hotshot American has been named the 2017 US PGA Tour Player of the Year.

Justin Thomas Justin Thomas holds the 2017 FedExCup trophy (Credit: PGA Tour)

Hot on the tail of winning his first major championship, the US PGA title, Thomas, the world No. 4 has been voted by his peers as their best of the season.

Certainly the 24-year-old’s efforts were impossible to ignore.

In a stellar year Thomas won five tournaments, claimed his first major, captured the big money for winning the season-long FedEx Cup and represented his country for the first time, playing with distinction in the recent Presidents Cup.

And while he has banked millions this year, Thomas, who is the son of a golf professional, says that’s not what drives him.

“It’s like I’m going to be fine financially for my life,” he said.

“I plan on winning a lot of golf tournaments in my career, and if you play out here for the money, I don’t think you play for the right reasons.”

“I’ve never wanted to do anything in my career for that reason.”

“It’s a tremendous bonus and it’s just a nice, trying to think of the right word – I guess a nice cushion, you could say.”

“It’s fun to have because, yeah, obviously who doesn’t like it, but I work hard and I put all this preparation in and I’m competitive because I like winning and I like trophies and I like being in the history books and I like having my name on trophies that not many people’s are on.”

“It’s not the money…the money is just a nice bonus that comes with it.”

Thomas will receive the Jack Nicklaus Trophy as Player of the Year, and he also captured the Arnold Palmer Trophy as the Tour’s leading money winner this season ($9,921,560 which doesn’t even include his $10m bonus for winning the FedExCup Series title).