Henrik Stenson has been awarded the 2013 Golf Writers Trophy following a season which saw him make history on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Swede became the first player to win both the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup and the European Tour's Race to Dubai in the same season, an achievement which helped him rise to number three in the world.
The 37-year-old beat off competition from US Open champion Justin Rose and the victorious European Solheim Cup team to claim the award, which recognises outstanding achievements during the year from golfers born or resident in Europe and European teams.
"I think when you look at what others achieved like Justin and the Solheim Cup team it does make it mean that little bit more," he said.
"It's a huge honour and a great reflection on the year I had.
"I'm looking forward to getting a few of these trophies I've won into the summer house in Sweden. It has been such a great year that I can have a few in Europe and a few in my house in America.
"What a great thrill it is going to be over Christmas to sit by the fire with my family and take stock of the season, look at trophies such as this one and reflect on the year of my life."
Stenson registered almost two-thirds of the votes to claim the honour, which was won by Rory McIlroy last year, with Rose finishing second and Liselotte Neumann's team coming in third.