For the second year running Jason Day has been recognised, with the Greg Norman Medal, as Australia’s best performing Tour Professional on the international stage.
Day becomes the only recipient of the coveted award after also winning the inaugural Greg Norman Medal last year.
2016 has been another stellar year for Day who has continued to dominate world golf in 2016 emphasised by his holding the top position on the Official World Golf Rankings continuously since March.
Day’s season was highlighted by three victories. He won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the very next week the WGC – World Match Play. Day’s third victory came four starts and just seven weeks later at THE PLAYERS Championship.
In his title defence at the PGA Championship, Day finished runner-up which capped off a fantastic Major season where he finished top-10 in three of the four.
Day played 20 tournaments on the PGA TOUR in 2016, making the cut in all but one for 10 top-10 finishes including his wins.
While the World Number 1 took out the Greg Norman Medal he was faced with strong competition from World Number 7 Adam Scott who won twice on the PGA TOUR in 2016 after having not missed a cut all season.
Flying the flag for women’s golf and a strong contender for the top honour was Minjee Lee. After proudly representing Australia at the Rio Olympics, Lee’s year was also highlighted by recording her third professional victory at the Blue Bay LPGA in China. This followed a runner-up finish at the Manulife LPGA Classic in September and her second LPGA Tour win in April.
Making an appearance via video link was Greg Norman who recognised the achievements of each of the nominees.
"It’s been a phenomenal year across the board for all Australian Professional golfers. The three nominees this year have done an impressive job on the golf course as well as off the golf course," said Norman.
"Everyone takes it for granted that they can hit 14 clubs extremely well. The responsibilities that come on the golf course are equal off the course, every one of the three nominees tonight has done a fantastic job of balancing their responsibilities, not only for the sport of golf, but for their country and for themselves individually."
Day, who was unable to attend the evening, appeared via video link with his mother Dening Day accepting the award on behalf of her son.
“I am incredibly honoured to win the Greg Norman Medal for the second year in a row,” said Day.
“Australian golf is in a great place right now, Adam and Minjee both had excellent seasons, so to be selected again is a real privilege.
"I am really appreciative of everyone’s efforts back home in Australia. My mum and sister are with you tonight. Also to Peter O’Malley and the PGA of Australia, I just want to thank everyone and especially Greg, what you have done for the game in Australia and around the world, I just want to thank everyone for making this possible for me."
The Greg Norman Medal Dinner also saw the introduction of a new honour with a Life Member being elevated to Immortal status.
The inaugural honouree was Peter Thomson, one of Australia’s all time greatest Professionals.
"Am I not a lucky man! Most people have nice things said about them at their funerals when it is too late for their own enjoyment, but you've all jumped the gun as it were and given this lovely tribute for me to hear," said Thomson.