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Sergio Garcia has been named Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Year in a season which saw the Spaniard claim his maiden major title at The Masters.
Garcia enjoyed a phenomenal 12 months, winning the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February before taking down Justin Rose to win a play-off at Augusta National on what was Seve Ballesteros’ 60th birthday.
He then won his home Andalucia Valderrama Masters in October before going on to finish fourth in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai behind champion Tommy Fleetwood, runner-up Rose and DP World Tour Championship winner and fellow Spaniard Jon Rahm.
“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, Justin, Tyrrell and Jon are all
amazing players, and all had unbelievable years themselves.”
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of The
European Tour, said: “Sergio is a wonderful ambassador for our game and
an incredible talent, so it was no surprise his victory in the Masters
Tournament proved so popular with golf fans around the world.
“That alone was a remarkable achievement, but to also win two other
prestigious titles in 2017, including his home tournament at Valderrama,
makes it a simply sensational season, and he is a thoroughly deserving
winner of the Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Year award.”
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