Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Steve Stricker won the 2012 Payne Stewart
Award, the PGA Tour announced on Tuesday.
The Payne Stewart Award honors a player for 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.
"This award means a great deal to the players on the PGA Tour, and I am truly
grateful to be the recipient of the Payne Stewart Award," said Stricker. "I
take great pride in being recognized for the values that the Payne Stewart
Award stands for. I was fortunate enough to spend time with and compete
against Payne, and I watched how he handled himself on the course, with his
fellow competitors, with the fans and volunteers. I hope that by leading by
example, just as Payne did, that our younger players will follow in the
traditions of sportsmanship, integrity and charitable efforts that he helped
bring to our sport."
Stricker, who is heavily involved in several charities, will receive the award
Tuesday night in a private ceremony that is part of this week's Tour
Stricker, 45, is the only player in tour history to win the Comeback Player of
the Year award in consecutive years. In 2006, after inconsistent play,
Stricker lost his card, but played well enough in events he got in through
sponsors' exemptions to earn privileges for 2007.
That year, after hours hitting balls in his native Madison, Wis., Stricker
posted a win at The Barclays and two runner-ups.
Stricker has 12 PGA Tour titles, including nine since turning 40, and will be
in the field this week at East Lake. He just made his third U.S. Ryder Cup
team after he was tabbed by captain Davis Love III.
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