Nick Faldo has been honoured by the Professional Golfers' Association for his outstanding services to golf.
The PGA rate Faldo as the best ever British golfer
After receiving the inaugural PGA Recognition Award, Faldo said: "I'm truly delighted to be accepting this.
"I'm thrilled that my career is being recognised by the oldest association of its kind in the world."
PGA chief executive Sandy Jones said: "Nick has been one of golf's greatest ambassadors - there is no one better to be our first recipient of this award."
Jones added: "Since becoming our youngest ever Ryder Cup member at the age of 20 in 1977, Nick has continually set new standards of professionalism as well as records.
"His career achievement of winning three Opens and three US Masters, not to mention an unrivalled Ryder Cup record, positioned him as Britain's best golfer of all time.
"But it is his dedication and commitment to the game which really sets him apart as the professional's professional."