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Woosnam heads sporting figures honored by Queen

Woosnam heads sporting figures honored by Queen

Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam received an award in Queen Elizabeth II's New Year's Honors list Saturday for leading Europe to a third straight victory over the United States.
Woosnam, who won the 1991 Masters and was ranked No. 1 for a total of 50 weeks, was given an OBE (Officers of the Order of the British Empire) for Europe's win at The K Club in Ireland in September.
Zara Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne and granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, became the first senior royal to win an honor, an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire).
Phillips won gold in eventing at the World Equestrian Games in Germany in August. The 25-year-old also won the BBC sports personality of the year, 35 years after Princess Anne had won the award for equestrianism.
"I'm honored I've been recognized for my achievements in equestrianism and pleased British Eventing nominated me _ I'm delighted for the sport," Phillips said.
England midfielder Steven Gerrard also picked up an MBE, a year after he led Liverpool to the Champions League title. He has also won the FA, League and UEFA Cups in his eight years at the Reds.
Reports that Real Madrid midfielder and former England captain David Beckham would receive a knighthood proved unfounded, as no sports person received the Queen's highest distinction in 2006.
Former WBA welterweight and IBF light-welterweight champion Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton (41-0) also received an MBE. He received the Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year award in 2005.
Former Wales rugby union scrumhalf Gareth Edwards received a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) _ the highest honor short of knighthood _ for services to sport.
He played 53 straight games for Wales from 1967-78 and was its youngest ever captain at age 20. Edwards led Wales to seven Five Nations titles, including three Grand Slams, and in 1971 he was a member of the only British and Irish Lions team to win a series in New Zealand.
Former Football Association executive director David Davies and yachtsman Michael Golding each received an OBE.
Golding was 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) from land when he sailed 129 kilometers (80 miles) to rescue a rival in the Five Oceans round-the-world race in November.
In descending order after knighthood, the honors are CBE, OBE and MBE. Badges have recently been created so that the awards can be shown, while recipients are allowed to put the letters after their names.


Updated : 2021-04-12 20:21 GMT+08:00