Justin Rose has been named the 24th recipient of the Payne Stewart Award, given annually to the PGA Tour player who best exemplifies Stewart’s examples of character, charity and sportsmanship.
Stewart, a World Golf Hall of Fame member who won 11 Tour titles and three majors, died in a plane crash in 1999.
“I am truly humbled and honored to be associated with the enduring legacy of Payne Stewart through this award,” Rose said in a statement. “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, who was born in South Africa and has British citizenship, has a family foundation he began with his wife Kate that has benefited charities in the U.S., England, South Africa and the Bahamas.
“Justin Rose embodies everything the Payne Stewart Award represents,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan in a statement. “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 Southern Company will award $300,000 to the Kate and Justin Rose Foundation, which has raised more than $3 million to curb hunger among children in Central Florida. The foundation also has worked with Blessings in a Backpack and also assisted victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and cancer patients in England.
Rose has won 10 PGA Tour titles, including the 2013 U.S. Open and the 2018 FedEx Cup. He was the gold medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
He has won 11 European PGA Tour titles and has a 13-8-2 record inf ive Ryder Cups.
South Korean players slumping
South Korean players have dominated the LPGA for years.
This isn’t one of them.
Take the LPGA majors, for example. Unless a South Korean player wins the Women’s British Open next week at Carnoustie, the country will be shut out from having a major champion for the first time since 2011.
South Koreans won six of the nine majors in 2019 and 2020, with Jin Young Ko winning twice.
South Koreans have won three times on the LPGA Tour this season. Americans have won six times and Thailand four.
Then came the Olympics. There have been five times in 2016 and 2021 in which a country has had the maximum number of four players in the Olympics and for the first time, one of those countries didn’t have a player on the podium.
That would be South Korea, whose best finish was a tie for ninth by Ko and Sei Young Kim.
One South Korean star said that other nations have stepped up.
“It’s been a tough year this year for the South Koreans,” Inbee Park told the Associated Press. “I just think the level of competitors is getting stronger and stronger, especially a lot of players from Asia — not just Korean, but powerful players in Thailand and the Philippines. It’s getting tough at the top.”
One mitigating factor is that some of the top players from South Korea have curtailed their playing schedules because of the pandemic. Hyo-Joo Kim didn’t play at all last year and Ko and Jeongeun Lee6 didn’t play for a full year.
South Koreans had seven victories in 2020, their fewest since winning eight times in 2012.
Mastercard boosts APGA Tour
The Advocates Professional Golf Association, which played recently at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course, got a marketing boost this week when Mastercard signed on as an official partner.
The deal includes Mastercard becoming the title sponsor of the APGA Tour Championship, which was played Monday and Tuesday at the TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga. Willie Mack III, who won the Billy Horschel Invitational at the Stadium Course, also won at Sugarloaf, running away with the title by six shots over Patrick Newcomb of Jacksonville at 15-under 129.
The APGA was established in 2010 to bring greater diversity to golf by offering playing opportunities to minority golfers.
Along with the sponsorship, Mastercard will provide educational and training tools in financial literacy for its players, as part of the APGA Player Development Program.
Mastercard also will sponsor trips to the TPC Sawgrass for the top-five players on the APGA Collegiate Rankings to get instruction from PGA Tour Academy director Todd Anderson, personalized club fitting, rounds at the TPC Sawgrass and business and leadership seminars with Mastercard executives.
Two nines weigh heavy for English
Two back-nine 40s have cost Harris English of St. Simons Island, Ga., dearly on the FedEx Cup and Ryder Cup standings — and his wallet.
English made two double-bogeys and a bogey last week in Memphis and shot 5-over on the back at TPC Southwind to finish one shot out of the playoff won by Abraham Ancer. He also had a 6-over 40 on the back nine of the Palmetto Championship in May and went from being in contention to a tie for 14th.
Winning last week would have clinched first place on the FedEx Cup standings for English, and with it, a $2 million bonus. The difference in the first-place check and his solo fourth, counting the bonus, was $3.3 million.
The difference in winning and his finish in the Palmetto was $1.18 million, meaning he left nearly $4.5 million on the golf course.
English also would have risen to sixth on the Ryder Cup standings if he had won last week. The top-six will be automatic qualifiers.
Of course, he’s not going poor: English has won twice this season, is fourth on the FedEx Cup and has earned more than $5.5 million, his best career total.
The Jacket Master
Edward A. Heimann died on Aug. 1 in Cincinnati at the age of 83.
If you haven’t heard of him, you’ve heard of his haberdashery talents: Heimann was chairman of the Hamilton Tailoring Co. In Avondale, Ohio, which makes the green jackets awarded to the winner of the Masters and to Augusta National members.
Heimann hardly ever granted interviews but did tell the Cincinnati Enquirer in 2000, “they don’t like us talking too much about this sort of thing. It’s a club of highly disciplined people who like to keep certain things private. It adds to the mystique.”
Heading to Hawaii
The criteria to play in the PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions each year is to win a Tour event the previous calendar year. And so far this season, Xander Schauffele, a past champion at Kapalua, had not qualified.
That changed this week. The PGA Tour Policy Board voted that an Olympic gold medal would earn a spot in the tournament. Schauffele won the gold by one shot over Rory Sabbatini.
The Associated Press also contributed to this report.
Event: Wyndham Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, N.C.
At stake: $6.4 million purse ($1,157,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points to the winner).
Defending champion: Jim Herman.
TV: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m.); CBS (Saturday, 3-6 p.m.; Sunday, 3-6:30 p.m.).
Area players entered: Chris Baker, Jonas Blixt, Sebastian Cappelen, Tyler Duncan, Matt Every, Lanto Griffin, Brian Harman, Zach Johnson, Patton Kizzire, Russell Knox, Matt Kuchar, David Lingmerth, Tyler McCumber, Keith Mitchell, J.T. Poston, Doc Redman, Sam Ryder, Hudson Swafford.
Notable: This is the last regular-season event. The top-125 on the FedEx Cup points list after the final round will advance to the playoffs beginning next week. … Also in the field are Rickie Fowler, who is 130th on the points list, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Rose, Webb Simpson and Will Zalatoris. … Herman shot 61-63 on the weekend and beat Billy Horschel by one shot.
Event: Scottish Open, Thursday-Sunday, Dumbarnie Links, Fife, Scotland.
At stake: $1.5 million purse ($270,000 to the winner).
Defending champion: Stacy Lewis.
TV: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.).
Area players entered: Marina Alex, Chella Choi, Mel Reid.
Notable: Lewis birdied the first playoff hole on a 20-foot putt to beat Emily Kristine Pedersen, Cheyenne Knight and Azahara Munoz.
PGA Tour Champions
Event: Shaw Charity Classic, Friday-Sunday, Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club, Calgary, Alberta.
At stake: $2.35 million purse ($352,500 to the winner).
Defending champion: Wes Short.
TV: Golf Channel (Friday-Saturday, 8:30-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 4-6 p.m.).
Area players entered: Fred Funk, Frank Lickliter, Vijay Singh.
Notable: Short shot 64 in the first round and went on to beat Scott McCarron by one shot.
Korn Ferry Tour
Event: Pinnacle Bank Championship, Thursday-Sunday, The Club at Indian Creek, Omaha, Neb.
At stake: $750,000 purse ($135,000 to the winner).
Defending champion: Seth Reeves.
TV: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 6-8 p.m.)
Area players entered: Blayne Barber, Chandler Blanchet, Taylor Dickson, Luke Guthrie, Rick Lamb, Trey Mullinax, Greyson Sigg, Jared Wolfe.
Notable: Reeves closed with a 64, 10 shots lower than his first-round score, and beat five players tied for second by one shot.