This year’s recipient of the Payne Stewart Award is South African Ernie Els.
Els is the 18th player to win the award, which is given annually to the pro who best demonstrates sportsmanship, character and charity, three traits Stewart was known for. Els received the award Tuesday night on-site at the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta, Georgia.
“To be considered worthy of receiving such an award makes me feel proud and very humble,” Els said. “It really means a lot. Of course, the work that we do is a massive team effort, and I thank my wife Liezl and everyone at the foundation for their work and commitment.”
Els’ charity work is focused mainly within his Els for Autism foundation, which he and his wife started back in 2009. Els spoke with the Golf Channel after receiving the award.