Dave Stockton honored by PGA

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two-time PGA champion Dave Stockton has been selected for the PGA Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor from the PGA of America. And it's only fitting where he will receive the award -- Kiawah Island.

Along with his two majors and 10 wins on the PGA Tour, he was U.S. Ryder Cup captain in 1991 at Kiawah Island, a watershed moment for the intensity of the matches. It became known as the "War on the Shore," and the Americans won back the cup when Bernhard Langer missed a 6-foot putt on the final hole.

Along with his achievements on the course, Stockton has become known as a putting guru, employed by the likes of Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy.

"I'm very excited about this honor, which is totally unexpected," Stockton said. "My first thought was, 'Why me?' I have been fortunate to have many good things happen to me in golf, with the biggest honor serving as Ryder Cup captain. I believed in giving back through golf. I had a gift as a motivational speaker and used it to help others.

"I have tried helping people gain a better understanding about what golf can do to help them feel better about themselves."