Golf: Kiwi Steven Alker 'honoured' to receive 2022 Jack Nicklaus Award as Champions Tour's Player of Year

Kiwi golfer Steven Alker has received the 2022 Jack Nicklaus Award as the Champions Tour's Player of the Year.

Alker, 51, won four times and finished in the top 10 18 times in 23 starts to capture the Charles Schwab Cup.

He also won the Arnold Palmer Award as the tour's money leader and the Byron Nelson Award for the lowest-scoring average (68.27).

The awards were presented at the Tour's annual banquet before the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai at Hawaii.

"I am very honoured to be voted by my fellow peers as the 2022 PGA Tour Champions Player of the Year and to be in the company of past award winners," Alker said.

"I have been inspired by being in the presence of so many amazing players and human beings since joining PGA Tour Champions, and for that, I am very grateful.

"I would also like to say thank you to my family, friends and fans, who have helped make this possible."

Alker won the player vote over four other Player of the Year candidates - Padraig Harrington, Jerry Kelly, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Steve Stricker.

Harrington was named the 2022 Rookie of the Year.