He didn’t win the Tour Championship – losing by one stroke to rookie Xander Schauffele – but there’s no doubting Justin Thomas was the best golfer on the PGA Tour in 2017.
Finishing second two weeks after winning the second leg of the FedEx Cup assured him the overall title. In the reset points Thomas finished with 3,000, 640 ahead of Jordan Spieth.
Schauffele finished third with 2,151 followed by Dustin Johnson (1,720) and Jon Rahm (1,620).
It caps an absolutely brilliant year for Thomas that saw him clear almost $20 million prize money while winning five times and finishing in the top 10 12 times.
Thomas made his name early in the 2016-2017 season with four top 10 finishes, including three wins, in his first six tournaments.
He won the CIMB Classic with a record 23-under; the SBS Tournament of Champions at 22-under, and the Sony Open in Hawaii at 27-under, shooting 59 on the first day.
He didn’t drop off in the New Year as many are perchance to do when they have fast Octobers and Novembers. Thomas finished tied for fifth at WGC-Mexico City and again at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He was tied for fourth at the Memorial and tied for ninth at the US Open.
He stepped into the public eye en masse by winning the PGA Championship last month, then won the Dell Technologies Championship three weeks ago to secure his spot in the top five of the final FedEx standings.
He shot 67-66-70-66 at Atlanta missing the outright win by one stroke.
He won $10 million for the FedEx cup title and accumulated $9.920 million in regular winnings this season.