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Shocking News: Justin Thomas named the 2017 PGA Tour Player of the Year

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It was a foregone conclusion, but it was officially announced today that Justin Thomas beat out finalists Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama to receive the Jack Nicklaus Award for 2017 PGA Tour Player of the Year.

Thomas, who was winless in his first 70 starts on the PGA Tour, recorded five wins in 2017 including the PGA Championship. His year included a round of 59 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, a record-setting 9-under par round at the U.S. Open, and a $10-million bonus for winning the FedExCup Playoffs.

JT left no questions unanswered about his game, or his ability to perform under pressure in 2017. But how does he continue to improve and stay motivated going forward?

“I’ll just continue to do what I have,” Thomas told Golf World. “I don’t know who I heard it from back in college or whenever it was, but you just have to break it up. You have to have two to four goals that are very achievable, two to four goals that are in grasp but will be tough, and two to four goals that are maybe a little bit out of the realm and are going to be very difficult to do, but are somewhat achievable if you have a great year like I did this year.”

I think that means he has his sights set even higher for 2018. Topping his 2017 efforts would be quite the feat.

See the clubs Justin Thomas had in his bag in 2017

With two wins in 2017, including the season-ending Tour Championship, Xander Schauffele was named Rookie of the Year.

See the clubs Xander Schauffele had in his bag in 2017

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Andrew Tursky is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX. He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team while earning a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. mb

    Oct 7, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Why is this shocking? he played better than everyone on the PGA tour?.

  2. cgasucks

    Oct 5, 2017 at 9:29 am

    It is amazing how much one can achieve when jealousy and drive are in play. Justin admitted that he was jealous after seeing his buddy Speith win the British Open and wanted to get his share of that glory. Now you know the rest of the story..

  3. Travis

    Oct 4, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    It’s a joke Philip….

    • Philip

      Oct 4, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      I guess I have been tainted by too much “Enquirer” – funny how once the idea of it being a joke was put forth the title read differently. Goes to show the power of perception and how difficult it is to have everyone get the same meaning out of the same words.

  4. Philip

    Oct 4, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Exactly how is this shocking?

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