The European men's golf tour said Tuesday that Ryo Hisatsune has become the first Japanese to be named its Rookie of the Year.

Ryo Hisatsune. (Getty/Kyodo)

The 21-year-old picked up one win during the recently ended season, at the Cazoo Open de France in September.

Hisatsune also finished 17th in the points rankings to secure dual membership with the U.S. PGA Tour for the 2024 season.

"I'm so happy, it's such a surprise," Hisatsune said. "This season has been such an experience on the DP World Tour, it's been so exciting."

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