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Payne Stewart to be honoured at 2001 Memorial

At the request of 2000 Memorial Tournament honouree Jack Nicklaus, Payne Stewart already has been selected as the 2001 honouree

Nicklaus, the founder and host of the Memorial Tournament and the designer of Muirfield Village, was announced as this year's annual honouree last June.

However, several weeks ago Nicklaus went before the board that selects the honouree and asked it to reconsider and instead select Stewart, who was killed in a plane crash Oct. 25. But the board elected to honour Nicklaus during the Memorial's 25th year and take the unconventional step of an early announcement that Stewart would be the 2001 honouree

"I believed strongly that this was the right thing to do and that I was in the unique position as honouree in 2000 to enable the tournament to make this happen," Nicklaus said. "He has been a friend for so many of us, and I would not have been able to fully enjoy this year's honour if I did not know that Payne would also be honoured."

Stewart, the U.S. Open champion, competed in 18 Memorial Tournaments. He appeared to be close to winning the 1993 tournament until his close friend Paul Azinger, with whom he was paired, holed a greenside bunker shot on the 72nd hole to win. The two friends embraced and walked off the 18th green together.

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