The PGA TOUR announced on Tuesday that Dustin Johnson has been named the 2016 PGA TOUR Player of the Year as voted on by the TOUR’s membership for the 2015-16 season.

PGA TOUR members who played in at least 15 official money events this past season were eligible to vote. The balloting process ended on October 7.

“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, my congratulations to Dustin Johnson for his outstanding play on big stages during the 2015-16 season,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “His hard work on the golf course and in the gym paid off with the finest season of his career, and the member vote reflects the respect his peers have for him.”

Johnson, 32, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, fashioned a career-best three wins during the 2015-16 season at the U.S. Open, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and BMW Championship. With his record-breaking victory at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club, Johnson took over the lead in the FedExCup and ultimately finished second to Rory McIlroy in the season-long competition.

In 22 starts, Johnson had a TOUR-best 15 top-10 finishes with 21 made cuts. In addition to his three wins, he posted top-3 finishes at the RBC Canadian Open (T2), Shell Houston Open (third) and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide (third). Johnson also took home the Byron Nelson Award for Adjusted Scoring Average (69.172) and the Arnold Palmer Award as the TOUR’s leading money-winner ($9,365,185).

“I don’t even know if I ever dreamed this would be happening,” said Johnson, who climbed to a career-high (for the moment) No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking this summer. “Obviously, it was a great season. I worked hard on all parts of my game, and I’m going to continue to do that.”

Johnson has now won at least one PGA TOUR event in nine consecutive seasons dating back to his rookie season in 2008, the longest active streak on TOUR.

Johnson, who will receive the Jack Nicklaus Trophy for winning PGA TOUR Player of the Year, was selected for the honor over Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson.

DJ will start his 2016-’17 season at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai later this month, and he said he plans to play in the Tournament of Champions to kick off the new year. Johnson has won both of those events before.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence in the game right now. There’s nothing I don’t feel good with,” said Johnson, who noted improvement with his wedge game was the biggest key to this breakout season. “Hopefully, next year, I can play up to the way I played this year. And hopefully, I can have a better year.”

Continuing to expand their brand within the golf community, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), announced a multi-year partnership with rising golf phenomenon and winner of the 2016 Fred Haskins award as the nation’s top collegiate golfer, Beau Hossler. As part of this partnership, Hossler has agreed to serve as a global ambassador for the company and will participate in their marketing and various social media campaigns. The deal also calls for Hossler to wear the Konica Minolta logo on the sleeve of his apparel and participate in customer entertainment at select events around the country.

Hossler first came to the golf world’s attention at the 2012 United States Open after taking the lead late in the second round, and has now become one of the most decorated and highly-regarded amateurs. His decision to turn professional follows an epic junior year in which he captures five collegiate victories and the prestigious Jones Cup Invitational. He recorded his biggest amateur win in 2014 by winning the Western Amateur and also successfully defended the SGCA Amateur Championship. He then helped the United States win the World Amateur Team Championship in Japan.

In early June, the 21-year-old Hossler dislocated his shoulder on four consecutive full swings during his semifinal match at the NCAA Championship. After repeatedly falling to his knees in excruciating pain and recomposing himself, he continued to play through the pain rather than forfeit the match. After reaching the 17th hole with a one-up lead but unable to make another full swing, he elected to putt up a steep slope from the front bunker, before miraculously holing a 25-foot putt from the back fringe to seal the match and ensure Texas’ spot in the championship finals.

Hossler is expected to make a full recovery and will resume his competitive schedule in January of 2017, and will pursue sponsor’s exemptions on the PGA TOUR in an effort to secure his exempt playing privileges.

“Beau is an extraordinary athlete who represents the future of this game and we are thrilled to support someone who has proven that he is an outstanding competitor and someone we admire off the course as well,” said Rick Taylor, President and CEO, Konica Minolta.

“I am honored to partner with an iconic brand like Konica Minolta as I embark upon my professional career,” said Hossler. “They are world leaders in creating technology for business efficiency and are strong supporters of the game. I couldn’t ask for a better partner as I pursue my lifelong dream of playing on the PGA TOUR.”

Konica Minolta is the “Official Multifunction Printer of the PGA TOUR and partnered with CBS Sports bringing the popular Konica Minolta bizhub® SwingVision Camera to select PGA TOUR broadcasts. The official marketing relationship with the PGA TOUR expanded in September 2015 when Konica Minolta launched a SwingVision Video Channel on PGATOUR.com. The company also invested in a co-branded social media campaign, #TOURFix, which enabled golf fans to send in videos of their swing to @PGATOUR via Twitter.

Joël Stalter claimed his maiden European Challenge Tour title in dramatic fashion, holding his nerve during a two-hole play-off to win the Swedish Challenge hosted by Robert Karlsson.

The Frenchman started the day five behind overnight leader Jeff Karlsson, but reduced the deficit over the front nine with four birdies at Katrineholms GK.

The 24 year old then picked up a further birdie on the 17th, but then bogeyed the 18th, to draw level on 12 under par with Wales’s Oliver Farr and England’s Ben Stow.

After all three made par at the first play-off hole, the par four 18th, it was Stalter who raised his game, hitting an exquisite second shot for a birdie chance which he took full advantage of.

And the Frenchman, whose victory takes him to ninth place in the Road to Oman Rankings, was delighted to have achieved his first professional win.

“At the start of the day wining was not on my mind at all,” said Stalter, who also earned an invite for next month’s KLM Open with today’s win.

“I was trying to put myself out there but I never thought about winning until I saw my name at the top of the leaderboard. I stayed really steady, and I was really proud of my mentality today.

“I played really, really good golf. The putts weren’t going in down the stretch and I bogeyed 18 when if I had made par I would have won the tournament. But I managed to get into a play-off, and my friend Julien Gurrier told me ‘just got out there and enjoy it’, so I did.

“It is why we work so hard all year to put ourselves in these positions and that left to right putt I had to win was probably the hardest putt I have had in my professional career.

“Even though it was close to the pin all I was thinking about was ‘it’s your moment now, it’s now or never’. When I saw the ball roll in it was awesome.

“It will push me up in the Rankings I am sure but the important thing for me today was that I managed to hold my nerve in the play-off. It has been two years where I have stayed patient and felt like I was getting close, but never getting rewarded, so it felt like all my hard work paid off.

“The best feeling is when you have a victory over yourself and I am really proud of that, and I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me. Today is just a great day of celebration.”

Beau Hossler, who recently received the Haskins Award as the nation’s top collegiate golfer, announced today that he has turned professional and signed an exclusive, worldwide representation agreement with Dallas-based Hambric Sports Management.

Hossler gained global notoriety at the 2012 United States Open after taking the lead late in the second round as a precocious teenager, and has now become one of the most decorated and highly-regarded amateurs in recent memory. Currently ranked #1 in Golfweek Magazine’s Men’s Amateur Rankings and a consensus First Team All- American at the University of Texas, his decision to turn professional follows an epic junior year in which he captured five collegiate victories and the prestigious Jones Cup Invitational. However, his dominant season ended abruptly when he tore the labrum in his left shoulder during his semifinal match at the NCAA Championship in early June. Hossler has since undergone successful surgery to repair the injury and is expected to return stronger than ever this fall.

“Needless to say, we are thrilled that Beau has placed his confidence and trust in us,” said David Winkle, President of HSM, who will serve as Hossler’s agent. “Beau has one of the most complete skill sets of any player I have ever seen coming out of college and has the “golf IQ” to match. I expect great things from Beau and know he expects the same.”

At only 21-years-of-age, Hossler has already competed in six United States Amateur Championships and three United States Opens, a remarkable feat in itself. Following rehabilitation from his injury, he will seek sponsor exemptions from 2017 PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour events, in pursuit of his exempt playing privileges.

“I chose Hambric Sports because I value class, integrity, and loyalty above all else in my life and want to make sure that I surround myself with a team that has the same priorities in mind,” said Hossler. “I am confident that we will be successful in our endeavors, and will do it in a respectful and professional fashion. I also know that I will have total support from Hambric Sports through the peaks and valleys that are inevitable in a golf career.”

“We are excited to welcome Beau to the Hambric Sports family and look forward to helping him achieve all of his lofty professional goals,” said Rocky Hambric, HSM Founder and CEO. “Beau is the kind of individual who simply will not be denied, a trait that is the best predictor of professional success.”

HSM’s Hossler announcement comes on the heels of client Dustin Johnson’s incredible run of late, highlighted by victories at the United States Open and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Now ranked second in the Official World Golf Ranking, Johnson becomes the seventh player to win a major championship while under the management of Hambric, Winkle and HSM Vice President Blake Smith. In addition to Johnson, HSM’s current list of clients includes World #15 Brooks Koepka, 1986 PGA Champion Bob Tway, Golf Channel personality Brandel Chamblee, numerous PGA TOUR and European Tour veterans and noted golf instructor Randy Smith. The firm specializes in the management and marketing of professional golfers, seeking and negotiating income- producing opportunities within the golf industry and corporate world on a global basis.

In the toughest conditions at Firestone in nearly a decade, Johnson made it look easy Sunday when he closed with a 4-under 66 and rallied from a three-shot deficit against world No. 1 Jason Day to win another World Golf Championship.

Two starts, two victories, and now No. 2 in the world.

“It’s the first time I’ve won two tournaments in a row. I mean, that’s big,” Johnson said after his one-shot victory over Scott Piercy.

“I’m excited and looking forward to going over to the British with the golf game in good form.”

He looks like the player to beat at Royal Troon with a frightening combination of driving, wedges and — finally — getting some putts to fall.

Johnson joined Tiger Woods as the only players to capture three of the four World Golf Championships. He won the Cadillac Championship at Doral last year, and the HSBC Champions in Shanghai in the fall of 2013.

His 66-66 weekend at Firestone gave him a 6-under 274, matching the highest winning score at this World Golf Championship since Woods in 2005. Nine players finished under par, the fewest since Woods was the only player to break par in 2007.

Johnson has 11 career victories in his nine years on the PGA Tour.

“I feel great,” he said. “I feel like my game is where it has been all year. I just haven’t been putting quite as well as I’d like. The last couple of weeks, I just putted a little better.”

He made it sound so simple. It looks that way, too. Key to his game was decided late last year to go to a fade off the tee instead of the draw he has leaned on for most of his career. He has that dialled in, and Johnson said when he’s driving it as well as he has been, “then I’m going to be very tough to beat.”

That certainly has been the case in his past two tournaments. He is building a home in south Florida with one room dedicated to golf memorabilia, such as his trophies.

“Hopefully,” Johnson said, “I’ve got to make it bigger.”

Congratulations to Dustin Johnson on his maiden major victory at this years US Open at Oakmont.

At long last, Dustin Johnson’s moment had arrived. He had endured all forms of heartache on the last days of major championships.

Johnson can barely have imagined the claiming of his maiden major championship would arrive with such a swell of neutral support. Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and thousands of Oakmont fans were vocal in their delight after Johnson recovered from a sensational rules controversy to end his major drought.

Dustin, who was in pole position to claim his first major title, immediately called a rules official on the 5th green as his ball appeared to move. Johnson would be liable for a penalty, were he deemed to have caused the ball position to change. The golfer was adamant that did not happen, as was his playing partner, Lee Westwood.

While the official seemed content there was no case to answer, Johnson was approached on the 12th tee when leading the tournament. A rules official at that juncture told the 31-year-old that the incident would be reassessed when Johnson completed his round, much to widespread consternation.

With the Oakmont Country Club gallery chanting, “DJ! DJ! DJ!” Johnson ripped his drive down the middle of the fairway on No. 18. When a fan yelled during his address of his approach shot, he backed off, gathered himself and hit his iron shot to four feet, all but locking up the U.S. Open title. As Johnson holed out for a birdie on the last to finish 5 under par for the tournament, thereby holding a four-shot lead, he knew even the rules could not defeat him this time.

Well done DJ, everybody here at Hambric Sports is delighted about your maiden major and know that many more are to come!

The seventh day of November, is one that Ricardo Gouveia definitely isn’t going to forget for a long time, as he finished off a stunning season with a gutsy victory at the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final, which also led him to capturing the Road to Oman and Challenge Tour No. 1 title. His double victory wrote history in the European Challenge tour books, as he finished his year with the highest total earnings for a season ever, pipping Edoardo Molinari by a mere 8,612.

With his 2016 European Tour card safely secured, he was under absolutely no obligation to travel to the other side of the globe to play in the penultimate event of the year, The Foshan Open. But this Portuguese native wasn’t just satisfied with having his full card for next year – he wanted it all!

With the thoughts of other players having the opportunity to scoop up ranking points and gaining ground on him in his bid to capture the Road to Oman title, Gouveia did not take the week off. He went and played this event and finished strongly in a tie for third place.

2015 had been a flawless season for Gouveia: 11 top tens from 17 starts, only one missed cut and a victory in the AEGEAN Airlines Challenge Tour tournament. But could he claim the double and cement his place as the Challenge Tour’s number one player for 2015?

Having shot a +4 (76) in round 3 of the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final, staged at the beautiful Almouj golf, The Wave, it looked as if maybe he had lost his momentum. However, he was only 1 shot back from Sweden’s Jens Dantorp. The front nine of the closing round for Gouveia saw him shoot a -2 (36), steady, but he was not where he wanted to be – top of the leaderboard. It was now or never for the Portuguese player if he wanted to complete his dream double.

A gentleman both on and off the course, it was time for him to use his raw desire to win, to dig deep and produce the golf that was needed to claim victory. He got his rhythm back in the middle of his round, when his putter saw red and held 5 putts for five straight birdies, beginning on the 12th hole. He shot seven under par in his closing round, setting the clubhouse target at 13 under, one that could not be matched by another player in the field.

‘I saw on the tenth tee that I was a bit far back and then after birdies on 12, 13 and 14 I saw the leaderboard on 15 and I was one ahead, then one more birdie on 16 put me two ahead at that point. Then on 18 I saw the big leaderboard to see what I needed on the last and just holed a beautiful putt.’

The 2015 Challenge Tour season was purely about Ricardo. He captured the Road to Oman title, NBO Golf Classic Grand Final and the AEGEAN Airlines Challenge tour event. He is now ranked the highest Portuguese golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings at 84th, having catapulted himself 313 spots higher than he was this time last year. He has also tied Edoardo Molinari as the joint highest ranked European Challenge tour player ever.

With a full status 2016 European Tour card in his back pocket and playing the golf of his life, the world is now his oyster. Gouveia has well and truly conquered the European Challenge tour and is on to bigger and better things next year.

We at Hambric Sports Group are so proud of your achievements Ricardo, and cannot wait to see you compete next year on the big stage – The European Tour!

With graduation secured up to the European Tour for 2016, a win at the coveted AEGEAN Airlines Challenge Tour event and ten other top 10 results from nineteen tour starts, 2015 can only be described as a massive success for Portugal’s Ricardo Gouveia.

Currently positioned at the top of the Road to Oman standings courtesy of a T3 finish at the Foshan Open, Gouveia will be looking for some more success at this week’s final Challenge Tour event, the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final. Having leap frogged over France’s Sebastien Gros in a chase to capture the title, he has his eyes firmly fixed on concluding the 2015 Challenge Tour season in top spot. Going into this week’s season finale, Gouveia seems to be enjoying his on course duel with Gros, “It’s great to have each other, both pushing for low rounds”, he said.

Gouveia and other leading players in the Road to Oman rankings got the chance to compete in the ICAEW Challenge Tour Pro-Am at Jumeirah Golf Estates last week, giving them the perfect opportunity to fine tune their games in a competitive environment.

In seventeen Challenge Tour and two European Tour starts, the Portuguese man has finished in a combined total of -176 and has played himself into all but one weekend of every tournament this year – the only player on tour to hold this impressive feat! This shows the model of consistency that he has been throughout the 2015 season. Sealing a victory is also not a problem as he captured the AEGEAN Airlines Challenge Tour event by 4 strokes having trailed by two going into the final round.

Lets hope that a solid finish at this week’s season finale can put the icing on top of the cake for Gouveia, to finish his 2015 season in top position in the Road to Oman rankings.

All of us here at Hambric Sports Group want to wish Ricardo the very best of luck in this week’s season finisher teeing off on Thursday at Almouj Golf Course – we will be following the action very closely!

Sunday evening at the Alfred Dunhill links Championship at St.Andrews is always special. This year’s event was made even more special with Thorbjørn Olesen’s victory at the Home of Golf, claiming his third European Tour title. Thor came second at this event in 2012 and went one better on Sunday, posting a one under par 71 to finish the week on 18 under par, two shots clear of his Hambric Sports stablemate, Brooks Koepka.

It has been a tough year for Thor having dealt with hand surgery that sidelined him for almost 3 months and, with results not going his way over the last few weeks, it was hugely impressive to see how he handled himself having held a 2 shot lead going into the final round and kept the chasing pack at bay right up to the final hole on Sunday.

After his victory Thor said, “It’s been a very tough year and standing here with this trophy is unbelievable.”

Congratulations Thor we are all so happy for you and to see the work you have put in over the last few months having come back from surgery will make this victory all the more special.

Enjoy the celebrations

Hambric Sports Group is pleased to announce the signing of Walker Cup star, Gary Hurley. Gary secured 2½ points out of a possible 4 when The Great Britain & Ireland team recorded a record 16½-9½ victory against one of the strongest American sides in recent memory at Royal Lytham & St.Annes.

Gary has proven to be one of the most consistent amateur golfers in the world having recently secured 5 straight top 10s. Runner-up finishes at both the Spanish Amateur and the European Amateur championship in 2015 solidified Gary’s involvement in Nigel Edwards’ team.

A former 2-time participant of the Palmer Cup and having represented Ireland in the Home Internationals, World Amateur Team Championship and Great Britain & Ireland in the St. Andrews Trophy, Gary is very excited about moving forward from a very successful amateur career into the professional ranks.

On signing with Hambric Sports Gary said “I am delighted to be signing with Hambric Sports as I begin the journey into Professional Golf. I am comfortable that they are the right team to guide me through my career and I am excited to see what the future holds.”

CEO of Hambric Sports, Rocky Hambric, said “It is with great pleasure that we welcome Gary Hurley to the Hambric Sports family. We have admired Gary for quite some time, both on and off the course, and are very confident that he will transition from one of the most consistent Irish amateurs to one of the greatest Irish professional golfers.”

Hambric Sports has been representing professional golfers for almost 40 years and having managed 14 major winners and 4 members of the Hall of Fame we know what it takes to manage someone of Gary’s ability.

Welcome to the family Gary and we are all very excited about working with you.