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Killeen wins Nationwide Tour Player of the Year

J.J. Killeen was named Nationwide Tour Player of the Year in a vote of his peers the tour announced Wednesday.

"I'm elated to have been named 2011 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year by my peers," said Killeen. "This has been an incredible year for me, and fortunately my family has been on tour many times and been able to enjoy much of my success first hand. I'm anxious to get out on the PGA Tour. Seeing what guys like Keegan Bradley, Brendan Steele and the others who played the Nationwide Tour last year have done on tour this year gives me a great deal of confidence I will follow in their footsteps. I would like to thank my fellow players who voted for me and the many others who contributed to this very exciting and memorable year."

Killeen bested Mathew Goggin, Ted Potter, Jr. and Jason Kokrak for the award.

Killeen's year was highlighted by back-to-back victories at the Utah Championship and the Cox Classic. He won the money title and had six top-five finishes or better.

He ranked in the top 10 in 17 statistical categories in 2011.