In recognition of his character, sportsmanship and commitment to charitable giving, Justin Rose has been named the 2021 recipient of the PGA Tour’s Payne Stewart Award presented by Southern Company.
Rose will be honoured on Tuesday, August 31, at the Payne Stewart Award Ceremony in conjunction with the Tour Championship.
The Payne Stewart Award is presented annually by the PGA Tour to a professional golfer who best exemplifies Stewart’s steadfast values of character, charity and sportsmanship. Stewart, an 11-time winner on the PGA Tour and World Golf Hall of Fame member, died tragically 22 years ago during the week of the Tour Championship in 1999.
Southern Company, the “Official Energy Company of the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions,” was the Tour Championship presenting sponsor the year of Stewart’s passing. A year later, the PGA Tour created the Payne Stewart Award in his honour, and Southern Company has supported the annual presentation since its inception.
"I am forever grateful to be connected to a man who was the consummate professional on and off the golf course." - Justin Rose.
Previous recipients have all distinguished themselves through their respect for the game, the Tour’s tradition of charity and their ability to make a positive impact in the lives of others.
“I am truly humbled and honoured to be associated with the enduring legacy of Payne Stewart through this award,” Rose said. “The Payne Stewart Award has become an annual celebration of Payne’s impact on the PGA Tour and its players. I am forever grateful to be connected to a man who was the consummate professional on and off the golf course and will cherish being a Payne Stewart Award recipient well after my playing days are over.”
Rose, 41, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to Hampshire, England, when he was 5 years old.
He met his wife Kate in 2000 through her work at IMG, and the couple have two children, Leo and Charlotte. They established their own Foundation in 2009, and have worked tirelessly with charities in South Africa, the United States, the Bahamas and England throughout that time.
“Justin Rose embodies everything the Payne Stewart Award represents,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan. “Like Payne, he has been one of the premier players of his generation while using his platform to better the lives of those around him.
“The inspiring progress that he and Kate have made through their family’s foundation is a terrific representation of how Payne chose to focus his efforts away from the golf course, by giving back and treating people the right way.”