On the heels of setting a scoring record in a PGA Tour event, Jim Furyk was named the 2016 Payne Stewart Award recipient.
The award is given annually by the PGA Tour to a player who “best exemplifies Stewart’s steadfast values of character, charity and sportsmanship.”
“I am incredibly honored to receive the Payne Stewart Award,” said Furyk. “I was fortunate enough to know Payne as a colleague and friend, and I always admired the character and spirit he brought to the game of golf. The Payne Stewart Award is an important part of the TOUR’s efforts to honor Payne’s legacy. Knowing my name will be forever linked to him through this honor is extremely humbling, and I am very grateful.”
Mr. 58 will receive the award sponsored by Southern Company during a ceremony on September 20 right before the Tour Championship (which Furyk won in 2010).
The 17-time PGA-Tour winner is respected and admired by everyone on tour and his charity work is well documented. The Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation has been helping families and children in need since 2010.
The Payne Stewart award was created in 2000. Past recipients include Tom Watson (2003), Gary Player (2006), Davis Love III(2008), Steve Stricker (2012) and last year’s winner Ernie Els (2015).