The 80-year-old Burke won the 1956 Masters and PGA Championship before gaining fame as an instructor and co-founder of Champions Golf Club in Houston
The rules and lessons of the game that were important to Bob Jones are the heart of golf, said Burke. I knew Bob Jones and what he stood for. It is truly special for me to be recognized in his honor by an organization I wholly respect for something that has been my lifes work and enjoyment.
Presented annually since 1955, the USGAs top award is given in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. The award seeks to recognize a person who emulates Jones spirit, his personal qualities and his attitude toward the game and its players. It will be presented on Feb. 7 at the Associations Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.