Henrik Stenson named the European Tour Golfer of the Year for 2016
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 13/12/16 2:10pm
Henrik Stenson has been named the 2016 European Tour Golfer of the Year, winning the award for a second time after an impressive campaign.
The Swede claimed a maiden major title at The Open, where he saw off Phil Mickelson in record-breaking fashion at Royal Troon, following on from winning the BMW International Open three weeks earlier.
The 40-year-old, who battled a right knee injury during various points of the campaign, posted 11 top-10 finishes on the tour on his way to winning the Race to Dubai title for the first time since 2013.
Stenson finished ahead of nearest challenger and Masters champion Danny Willett in the Order of Merit, in a season which also saw him win the silver medal at the Rio Olympics and represent Europe in the Ryder Cup.
"It has certainly been the best season of my career and to now be voted the European Tour Golfer of the Year for a second time is a fantastic way to bring the curtain down on it," said Stenson.
"To win the Claret Jug, a silver medal at the Olympics, the Race to Dubai and now this means 2016 was a very special year for me, and I am very proud of what I have achieved.
"There have been some great golfers who have won this award, and many more who just missed out over the years, so to receive it twice now is a huge honour.
"You can argue that my consistency was a touch higher in 2013, but in 2016 I produced my best performances at key moments, so it will go down as the best year I have had and this award is a very nice way to end it."
European Tour chief executive officer, Keith Pelley, added: "The 2016 season was undoubtedly a memorable one for European Tour members around the world, with many so achievements to celebrate.
"However, Henrik Stenson not only produced one of the standout performances of the year, or indeed any year, to win the Claret Jug at Royal Troon, but he also displayed an impressive level of consistency across the entire season to win the Race to Dubai.
"Furthermore, Henrik consistently reminded us what a magnificent ambassador he is for the game of golf, and he is therefore a thoroughly deserving winner of the European Tour Golfer of the Year award for the second time in his career."