Veteran German Bernhard Langer has been named the recipient of the PGA Tour’s 2018 Payne Stewart Award. The 60-year-old will be presented with the prestigious award on Tuesday at the Payne Stewart Award Ceremony in conjunction with the TOUR Championship.
The award is named after the popular American, who died tragically in a plane crash in the week of the 1999 TOUR Championship.
It is presented annually to a professional golfer who best exemplifies Stewart’s values of character, charity and sportsmanship.
Langer said: “We all are so proud of Payne Stewart and the husband and father he was, the player he was and the character he had.
“I was very close with Payne for a number of years. Toward the end of his career, he became a believer in Jesus Christ and a Christian, and that was very touching to me because the same thing happened to me a few years earlier, so we had even more in common at that point.
“To now be receiving the Payne Stewart Award, I feel extremely honoured. I know there are many, many other guys that deserve it as much if not more than me, and I’m thrilled to receive it.”