Tiger Woods named USGA’s 2024 Bob Jones Award recipient

The USGA has given the 2024 Bob Jones Award — the organization’s highest honor — to 15-time major champion Tiger Woods.

“This award goes beyond playing performance, recognizing the lasting impact of one person’s journey that has forever changed the image and growth of golf,” said Mike Whan, CEO of the USGA, in a statement. “There are very few who stand alongside Tiger Woods in terms of on-course accomplishments, and he is in a class of his own when it comes to the impact he has made on the game and future generations who will play it.”

The nine-time USGA winner has impacted the world of golf on and off course thanks to his charitable work with his TGR Foundation.

“Bob Jones was a pillar of our game because of the integrity with which he played it, and I’m truly humbled to receive the award that bears his name and join the many who have received it before me who continue his legacy,” said Woods in a statement. “It’s especially fitting to receive this honor from the USGA, which has meant so much to my career and the entire game of golf.”

Woods won three straight U.S. Junior Amateurs (1991-93) and three straight U.S. Amateurs (1994-1996).

“Throughout his playing career and along with his incredible work outside the ropes, Tiger Woods has quite literally changed the game, and he has done it while embodying the characteristics recognized by this award and shared by others who have received it,” said Fred Perpall, USGA president, in a statement. “His impact on the game is incalculable, and there is no doubt that golf would not be the same without Tiger in it.”

Story originally appeared on GolfWeek