Ben Hogan Award for Perseverance (from GWAA)

Paul Azinger received the Ben Hogan Award

There are multiple Ben Hogan Awards in golf, including a well-known one that goes to a college or amateur golfer every year. But the one we're discussing here is presented by the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA) to golfers for their perseverance in overcoming or battling physical adversity.

The GWAA Ben Hogan Award has been given annually since 1954 "to an individual who has continued to be active in golf despite a physical handicap or serious illness." Many of the names on the list of recipients below are very famous golfers; many others are not.

The award was inspired by Ben Hogan's awful car crash that happened in 1949, and his recovery (although he battled the effects of his injuries for the rest of his life) to win major championships again. The Ben Hogan Golf Company donated the original statuette presented to recipients.

Recipients of the GWAA Ben Hogan Award

2020 — Patrick Cantlay
2019 — Tiger Woods
2018 — Stacy Lewis
2017 — Gene Sauers
2016 — J.B. Holmes
2015 — Jarrod Lyle
2014 — Ken Duke
2013 — David Meador
2012 — Sophie Gustafson
2011 — Barbara Douglas
2010 — Tom Watson and Ken Green
2009 — Erik Compton
2008 — Denis Watson
2007 — Judy Rankin
2006 — Bart Bryant
2005 — Hubert Green
2004 — Bruce Edwards
2003 — Jeff Julian
2002 — Scott Verplank
2001 — Robert Allenby
2000 — Jose Maria Olazabal
1999 — Casey Martin
1998 — Terry-Jo Myers
1997 — Steve Jones
1996 — Bob Murphy
1995 — Paul Azinger
1994 — Jim Ferree
1993 — Shelley Hamlin
1992 — Jim Nelford
1991 — Pat Bradley
1990 — Linda Craft
1989 — Sally Little
1988 — Pat Browne
1987 — Charles Owens
1986 — Fuzzy Zoeller
1985 — Rod Funseth
1984 — Jay Sigel
1983 — Calvin Peete
1982 — Al Geiberger
1981 — Kathy Linney
1980 — Lee Trevino
1979 — John Mahaffey
1978 — Dennis Walters
1977 — Des Sullivan
1976 — Paul Hahn
1975 — Patty Berg
1974 — Gay Brewer
1973 — Gene Littler
1972 — Ruth Jessen
1971 — Larry Hinson
1970 — Joe Lazaro
1969 — Curtis Person
1968 — Shirley Englehorn
1967 — Warren Pease
1966 — Ken Venturi
1965 — Ernest Jones
1964 — Bob Morgan
1963 — Bobby Nichols
1962 — Jimmy Nichols
1961 — Horton Smith
1960 — Skip Alexander
1959 — Charlie Boswell
1958 — Dale Bourisseau
1957 — Clint Russell
1956 — Dwight Eisenhower
1955 — Ed Furgol
1954 — Babe Zaharias

Photo credit: "Paul Azinger" by Ed Balaun (supergolfdude) is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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