PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida – Justin got up of England has been selected to receive the Payne Stewart Award, one of the top awards on the PGA Tour recognizing character, sportsmanship and a commitment to charity.
The award is named after the three-time major champion who died in a private plane crash in 1999, four months after winning the U.S. Open at Pinehurst no. 2 won and a month after an American victory in the Ryder Cup.
Rose, a former U.S. Open champion and Olympic gold medalist, and wife Kate have established a foundation designed to nurture and educate children. Recently, they created the Rose Ladies series to provide women with play opportunities when the Ladies European Tour and other circles close due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Payne Stewart Award has become an annual celebration of Payne’s impact on the PGA Tour and its players,” Rose said. “I’m forever grateful to be committed to a man who was the perfect professional on and off the golf course, and I would greatly appreciate it if I received a Payne Stewart Award.”
He will present the award on August 31 during a ceremony in Atlanta, the week of the tour championship.
Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus was honored with the first award in 2000. Since then, the winners include Ben Crenshaw, Tom Watson, Nick Price, Gary Player, Ernie Els and Bernhard Langer.
“Justin Rose embodies everything that the Payne Stewart Award represents,” said Jay Monahan, commissioner of the PGA Tour. “Like Payne, he was one of the leading players of his generation while using his platform to improve the lives of the people around him.”
The Kate & Justin Rose Foundation aims to feed ‘hungry stomachs and curious spirits’ in Central Florida. It raised more than $ 3 million to provide 500,000 of what he calls hunger-free weekends, along with 300,000 books to 29,000 children.
The foundation collaborated with the charity Blessings in a Backpack during the pandemic last year. It fed nearly 5,000 children on weekends and holidays.
Rose has won 10 times at the PGA Tour, 11 times at the European Tour and won the FedEx Cup in 2018. He has played on five Ryder Cup teams for Europe.