Payne Stewart Award
The award is named for Stewart, an 11-time winner on the PGA TOUR, including three major championships. Stewart died the week of the TOUR Championship in 1999.
The Payne Stewart Award was created by the PGA TOUR Policy Board to perpetuate Stewart’s memory. It is presented annually to a player sharing Stewart’s respect for the traditions of the game, his commitment to uphold the game’s heritage of charitable support and his professional and meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct.
The inaugural Payne Stewart Award was presented in 2000 to Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Ben Crenshaw was the 2001 recipient, followed by Nick Price in 2002, Tom Watson in 2003, Jay Haas in 2004, Brad Faxon in 2005, Gary Player in 2006, Hal Sutton in 2007, Davis Love III in 2008, Kenny Perry in 2009, Tom Lehman in 2010, David Toms in 2011, Steve Stricker in 2012, Peter Jacobsen in 2013, Nick Faldo in 2014 and Ernie Els in 2015.
In addition to a sculpture presented to the recipient, the Payne Stewart Award is accompanied by an annual Payne Stewart Award Grant presented by Southern Company. The $300,000 supports several initiatives in Stewart’s name and is distributed as follows: $100,000 to Payne and Tracey Stewart’s primary charity, The Stewart Family Foundation; $100,000 in Stewart’s honor to The First Tee facility in Missouri, located at Camp Kanakuk, which is affiliated with the “Kids Across America” program; and $100,000 to a charity designated by the winner.
The nominating panel for the Payne Stewart Award includes the current Chairman of the TOUR’s Player Advisory Council, the Chairman of the TOUR’s Policy Board, the current President of the USGA, the current President of the PGA of America, the Chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club, the current President of the Golf Writers Association of America, the current President of the PGA TOUR Tournaments Association, and past recipients of the Payne Stewart Award.
The award presentation is made annually during the TOUR Championship.
Stewart Cink was named the recipient of the 2017 Payne Stewart Award.