The award was created by the PGA Tour Policy Board to keep alive Stewarts memory. Stewart died in a plane accident the week of The Tour Championship in 1999, which was also held here in Houston.
The award is presented annually to a player sharing Stewarts respect for the traditions of the game, his commitment to uphold the games heritage of charitable support and his professional and meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct.
Ben Crenshaw has always exemplified the qualities that embody the Payne Stewart Award ' conduct, presentation, sportsmanship and integrity, said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem.
The inaugural Payne Stewart Award was presented last year to Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
To be remotely associated with people like (last years recipients), and to be remotely associated with Payne makes me very, very happy indeed, said Crenshaw.
'I'm extremely proud and humbled by this award.'
Crenshaw, 49, won 19 PGA Tour titles, including two Masters Tournaments during his 28-year career. He served as captain of the victorious United States Ryder Cup team in 1999, of which Stewart was a member.
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