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Love to receive USGA's Bob Jones Award

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Davis Love III on Wednesday was named the recipient of the 2013 Bob Jones Award, presented annually by the U.S. Golf Association to an individual who demonstrates spirit, personal character and respect during his career.

Love, 48, will receive the USGA’s highest honor during the association’s annual meeting, to be held on Feb. 2, 2013, in San Diego.

“Throughout his impressive career, Davis has distinguished himself with his sense of fair play, integrity and reverence for the game’s traditions,” said USGA president Glen D. Nager in a statement. “His passion for the game, as well as the values and principles that guide his everyday life, are emblematic of the characteristics that the Bob Jones Award seeks to identify. Golf and all those who play it are inspired by Davis' example.”

A 20-time PGA Tour winner, Love twice captured The Players Championship (1992 and 2003) and won his lone major at the 1997 PGA Championship at Winged Foot.

A member of 12 Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams, Love also captained the U.S. at the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah.  

“Davis epitomizes everything that Bob Jones stood for with his character, integrity, displays of sportsmanship and his spirit of giving back,” said Tour commissioner Tim Finchem in a statement. “He truly understands what it means to be a role model and has been a great ambassador for the PGA Tour and the sport of golf, both on and off the field of competition. He is a worthy addition to the list of distinguished winners of the USGA’s Bob Jones Award.”