“I’m very honoured to receive this award from The PGA,” said Davies, who received her award at the PGA’s lunch in Scotland on December 13. “It’s always extra special to be recognised by one’s own peers in the industry. I dedicate the award to all the hard-working PGA Pro’s who are committed to growing our great game.”
Rose, fresh from playing a pivotal role in Europe’s recent victory at the Ryder Cup in Rome, received his award from PGA Captain Tim Rouse at the annual PGA Lunch held in London on December 15.
On receiving his award, he said: “It’s a huge honour to be recognised by The PGA for my achievements in the game of golf and I really appreciate their support. Hopefully I can add a few more to that list in the years to come. I think there needs to be a special mention to all the PGA Professionals who are helping to develop and build the game of golf all over the world, they are the real heroes!”
Rose, 43, enjoyed a hugely successful career which stretches all the way back to his amateur days as a teenager playing at North Hants GC, which saw him represent his club, county and England at every age group, while also representing GB&I in the 1997 Walker Cup.
The highlight of his amateur career came in 1998 with his headline-grabbing 4th-placed finish at the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, which thrust the then 17-year-old youngster into the world’s spotlight. He turned professional shortly after and secured his first tour victory at the Dunhill Championship in 2002, a year that also saw three other tournament wins around the world, including the British Masters. The wins have flowed ever since, with his CV now boasting 25 tour victories over the last 25 years. His breakthrough Major success came at the 2013 US Open at Merion, where he become the first Englishman to win the title since Tony Jacklin triumphed at Hazeltine in 1970.
Awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to golf, Rose has continued with success since then, earning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and reaching number one in the world for the first time in 2018, the same year that he won the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup. As a team player, Rose has played in six Ryder Cup matches, being on the winning side four times, and capturing 15.5 points. He partnered Bob MacIntyre in Rome, winning 1.5 points from their two fourball matches to help Europe to a convincing 16.5 – 11.5 victory over the US.
Commenting on the awards, Robert Maxfield, chief executive of The PGA, said: “The PGA Recognition Award is our way of acknowledging great achievements in the game and I’m delighted on behalf of the PGA’s Membership to bestow this accolade on Justin and Dame Laura, who are both deserving winners and a credit to the sport.”