“Those who achieve great results in life without regard for their impact on their communities are never as successful as the people who place the needs of others ahead of their own. Justin’s professional accomplishments are amplified and multiplied by the tireless philanthropy performed through his foundation. On behalf of the tens of thousands of Southern Company employees who, like Justin, use values like character, charity and sportsmanship each and every day to make their communities better, congratulations, Justin, on being the well-deserved recipient of the 2021 Payne Stewart Award presented by Southern Company.”
- Tom Fanning, chairman, president & CEO, Southern Company
Born in South Africa but raised in England, Justin Rose is one of England’s most celebrated athletes. He and his wife Kate, a former international gymnast, are pillars of their community who work tirelessly as advocates for youth, the environment, and expanding opportunities for women in golf. In recognition of his service to society, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, one of the United Kingdom’s highest honors.
The Kate & Justin Rose Foundation (KJRF) provides nutrition, books, and educational experiences to children in Central Florida through their partnership with Blessings in a Backpack and BookTrust. The Foundation’s partnership with BookTrust provides books for kids from the low-income families. To date, the Foundation has raised more than $3 million, provided more than 500,000 hunger-free weekends, and more than 300,000 books to 29,000 kids.
Justin Rose’s start with golf came when he was 11 months old when his dad, Ken, handed him a plastic club. At age 11, he broke 70 for the first time and at 14 he had a handicap of plus-1. At 17, he played in the 1998 Open Championship, where the upstart amateur from Hampshire, England holed a lofty chip out of the thick rough on the 72nd hole at Royal Birkdale to finish T4 in his Open debut. Since then Rose has built an illustrious resume during his PGA TOUR career in, having collected 10 PGA TOUR titles since 2010, claiming the FedExCup, five-time Ryder Cup participant for Team Europe (2008, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018) and has earned a 13-8-2 overall record, 2013 U.S. Open Champion and a gold medalist in golf at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.