The Spaniard received the honour in recognition of his three
victories during the season, one of which was his outstanding win at the
Masters in April - his first at a major championship.
Garcia claimed the green jacket after edging out Ryder Cup team-mate
Justin Rose in a thrilling final-round duel at Augusta, clinching
victory with a birdie at the first play-off hole.
Fittingly, the win came on the day his idol and countryman, Seve Ballesteros, would have celebrated his 60th birthday.
Prior to his Masters triumph, Garcia beat a star-studded field at Dubai Desert Classic in early February, while he also captured
the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in his native Spain in October.
The 37-year-old also enjoyed a memorable year in his personal life,
marrying his fiancee Angela Akins in July. The couple announced they
were expecting their first child not long after.
"This is an amazing honour," said Garcia, who beat the likes of Race
to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton and Rookie
of the Year Jon Rahm in a poll of members of the golf media.
"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
"I am so happy to receive this award, and to be named the 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," he said.
"With the five of us filling the top five places in the Race to
Dubai, it shows the real strength of the European Tour, and European
players in particular, and hopefully we will keep that going for next
September in Paris."