Faldo honored with award shortly after father dies

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ATLANTA (AP) Nick Faldo was honored with the Payne Stewart Award on Tuesday about an hour after his father died in England.

Faldo was with his father at the time. George Faldo was 88.

The six-time major champion accepted the award through a recorded video. He described his father in the video as ''playing the 18th hole of life.'' Faldo's son, Matthew, was to receive the award on his behalf at a Tuesday night ceremony in Atlanta.

The Payne Stewart Award is presented annually to a player who shares Stewart's respect for golf's traditions and commitment to charity and who takes care in how he presents himself through dress and conduct.

Stewart, a three-time major champion, died in October 1999 when a private jet crashed into a field in South Dakota.