David Toms was named Tuesday the 2011 winner of the Payne Stewart Award, which is presented annually to a player sharing Stewart’s respect for the traditions of the game, his commitment to uphold the game’s heritage of charitable support and his professional and meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct.
“This is one of the best honors in golf, and I am truly grateful to be the recipient of the Payne Stewart Award,” said Toms. “The fact that this recognizes so many different attributes is very humbling. I was fortunate enough to know Payne and play against him, and that makes this even more special. He was great to me when I was a young player and always helped me be at ease on the golf course. I will continue to do my by best to uphold his legacy.”
Toms earned his 13th career PGA Tour title at this year's Crowne Plaza Inviational, one week after a playoff loss at The Players Championship. His David Toms Foundation works with at-risk boys and girls by providing them with programs designed to enhance a child’s character, self-esteem and career possibilities.
Stewart, an 11-time PGA Tour winner and World Golf Hall of Fame member, died in a plane accident the week of the Tour Championship in 1999.