2014 Winner: Sir Nick Faldo
Southern Company joins the PGA TOUR in recognizing Sir Nick Faldo as the 2014 recipient of the Payne Stewart Award.
Faldo is a professional golfer and lead analyst for CBS Sports and Golf Channel, and is involved in more than 20 golf course projects as part of Faldo Design. Faldo's career included 39 tournament victories around the world, highlighted by 98 weeks atop the Official World Golf Ranking.
In 1996, he created the Faldo Series to help identify and nurture the next generation of champions through grass-roots initiatives at its tournaments. The Faldo Series has evolved into one of the premier programs for aspiring young golfers. Today, 40 annual tournaments take place in 30 countries worldwide, spanning the U.K., Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia. Since its inception, the Faldo Series has benefitted more than 7,000 young people through a unique combination of tournament experience and expert advice, including guidance from Faldo himself.
Faldo has chosen the Faldo Series to receive the designated portion of the Payne Stewart Award Grant.
Character. Charity. Sportsmanship.
As the South's premier energy provider, we touch millions of lives every day — and we are committed to giving back to the communities we serve. That's why Southern Company is honored to support the Payne Stewart Award, presented annually to the player who best exemplifies the values of character, charity and sportsmanship. The past winners have all distinguished themselves through their respect for the game, the TOUR's tradition of charity and their ability to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
The award honors the memory of Stewart, an 11-time PGA TOUR winner and World Golf Hall of Fame member who died tragically during the week of the TOUR Championship in 1999. Southern Company, the "Official Energy Company of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour," was the TOUR Championship sponsor the year of Stewart's passing. The PGA TOUR created the Payne Stewart Award in his honor, and Southern Company has supported the annual presentation since its inception.
In presenting the Payne Stewart Award, Southern Company contributes each year to three charities, including Payne and his wife Tracy Stewart's primary charity, The Stewart Family Foundation, as well as The First Tee of the Ozarks — located in Stewart's native Missouri — and a charity designated by the recipient.
"The values represented by the Payne Stewart Award align with the principles on which we have built our business - trust, performance and commitment," said CEO Tom Fanning. "Nick is an outstanding choice to be this year's winner and commemorate the 15th anniversary of the award because he represents the best principles of golf."