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Tom Lehman receives Payne Stewart Award
September 22, 2010

Former British Open champion Tom Lehman, who is an advocate for several charitable causes, won the Payne Stewart Award on Tuesday.

“Tom has achieved success both on the course and in his personal life, and he has utilised that success to help improve the lives of those around him,” Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement.

A five-times winner on the PGA Tour, Lehman hosted a charity golf tournament from 1995-2002 that raised more than $4.7 million for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund at the University of Minnesota.

He is also involved with ‘Match Point’, a Phoenix-based programme that matches adults with troubled children.

“I am humbled to receive this year’s Payne Stewart Award,” said Lehman, who won his only major title at the 1996 British Open. “To be selected from among so many remarkable human beings only makes me want to be a better person.”

Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Ben Crenshaw, Nick Price, Tom Watson, Jay Haas, Brad Faxon, Gary Player, Hal Sutton, Davis Love III and Kenny Perry were previous winners of the award.

The honour is given annually to a player sharing Stewart’s respect for the traditions of the game and his commitment to uphold golf’s heritage of charitable support.

American Stewart, who died in a plane crash in 1999, won 11 times on the PGA Tour including three majors.

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