The award is named for the Hall of Fame player who died in a plane accident the week of the 1999 Tour Championship. It is presented each year at this event 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 meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through dress and conduct.
Ben Crenshaw was the recipient a year ago. He followed Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer as the inaugural winners in 2000.
Nick Price has earned this honor because of the way he has represented himself and the game throughout his career, said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. He doesnt just talk about integrity, sportsmanship and giving back to others less fortunate, he applies those values in his own life.
Price has won 18 PGA Tour events, including two PGA Championships, a British Open and a Players Championship. He was named the 1993 and 94 PGA Tour Player of the Year.
He has established the Nick Price Junior Golf Foundation, in his native country of Zimbabwe. He also created Hearts and Hope, near his home in Palm Beach, Fla. The program provides grief support and management to children aged 3-17 who have lost a parent.
Payne and I were good friends, and our careers were really almost parallel, Price said. Payne was born a day after me, 29th of January in 1957, and I always used to tease him that he had to call me Mr. Price since I was a day older than him.
It feels strange to get an award named for someone who was a contemporary, but that just shows you what an impact he had on golf and on the world of golf. Its a great compliment to him. Ive tried very hard to conduct myself in a professional manner throughout my career, and thats what the award is for.
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