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Gary Player awarded Payne Stewart Award

Nine-times major winner Gary Player, known for his humanitarian achievements in his native South Africa, won the Payne Stewart Award on Wednesday.

"Gary Player represents everything this award stands for," said PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem during a presentation at East Lake Golf Club on the eve of this week's Tour Championship.

"The PGA Tour's core values of honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect for the game, growing the game, making a positive contribution to charity and helping each other achieve our highest potential are all values that could certainly be used to describe Gary Player.

"As one of the most travelled athletes in all of sport, Gary's love of the game and thirst for life spread to everyone around him."

One of five players to win all four majors, the 70-year-old Player is renowned for his high level of fitness, never-say-die attitude and energetic approach to life.

His Gary Player Foundation helped build the Blair Atholl Schools in Johannesburg and provides educational facilities for more than 500 students. It also supports other educational projects around the world.

Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Ben Crenshaw, Nick Price, Tom Watson, Jay Haas and Brad Faxon were previous winners of the Payne Stewart 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.

November 2, 2006


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