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Payne Stewart

Payne Stewart
In Memoriam
Payne Stewart
1957-1999
EXEMPT STATUS: Winner, 1991 U.S. Open (through 2001)
FULL NAME: William Payne Stewart
HEIGHT: 6' 1''
WEIGHT: 180
BIRTHDATE: January 30, 1957
BIRTHPLACE: Springfield, MO
RESIDENCE: Orlando, FL
FAMILY: Wife, Tracey Ferguson; Chelsea (11/13/85), Aaron (4/2/89)
COLLEGE: Southern Methodist University (1979, Business)
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Hunting, fishing, cooking
TURNED PROFESSIONAL: 1979



PGA TOUR VICTORIES: (11) 1982 Miller High Life QCO. 1983 Walt Disney World Golf Classic. 1987 Hertz Bay Hill Classic. 1989 MCI Heritage Golf Classic, PGA Championship. 1990 MCI Heritage Golf Classic, GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic. 1991 U.S. Open Championship. 1995Shell Houston Open. 1999 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, U.S. Open Championship.
INTERNATIONAL VICTORIES: 1981 Indonesian Open (Asia), Indian Open (Asia). 1982 Coolangatta-Tweed Head Classic (Aus). 1990 World Cup (Indiv.). 1991 Heineken Dutch Open (Eur). 1992 Hassan II Trophy (Morocco). 1993 Hassan II Trophy (Morocco)
OTHER VICTORIES: 1982 Magnolia Classic
BEST 1998 PGA TOUR FINISH: 2--U.S. Open, Greater Vancouver Open; T3--MCI Classic; T4--Nissan Open, Michelob Championship at Kingsmill; T8--THE PLAYERS Championship.
1998 SEASON:
  • Enjoyed second-best earnings year of 17 full seasons on TOUR
  • Began year by making first 15 cuts before missing at PGA Championship, where he shot rounds of 76-74
  • Played in 19 events and finsihed in top 10 six times
  • Played once on PGA European Tour at the Smurfit Europen Open, where he failed to make cut
  • Earned best finish since T3 at 1997 Bay Hill Invitational with T4 at Nissan Open
  • Opened with rounds of 60-67 to stand one off Billy Mayfair's 36-hole lead
  • Closed 69-70 to finish T4 with John Daly
  • Closing 65 at THE PLAYERS Championship produced T8 finish
  • 65 was low round of day and tournament
  • Bid for third MCI Classic title succumbed to final-round 72
  • Stood two behind Davis Love III after 54 holes, but finished T3, 10 strokes back
  • Led after each of first three rounds of U.S. Open after posting rounds of 66-71-70
  • Closing 74 left him one stroke behind winner Lee Janzen, to whom he lost by two strokes in 1993 U.S. Open
  • Tied Open record with six consecutive birdies over two days
  • Birdied last three holes of first round and first three of second round
  • Opening 64 gave him lead at Greater Vancouver Open
  • Followed with rounds of 69-65, good for third-round lead
  • Closing 70 left him three strokes behind Brandel Chamblee
  • Finished T4 at Michelob Championship at Kingsmil after rounds of 70-67-71-67
  • Finished season seventh on all-time money list with $9,659,058.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Nine PGA TOUR victories include two major championships
  • In 1989 PGA Championship, trailed Mike Reid by six strokes entering final round at Kemper Lakes, then shot 67 for one-stroke victory over Reid, Andy Bean and Curtis Strange
  • Also won MCI Heritage Classic en route to best earnings year on TOUR and second-place finish on money list
  • Had three second-place and two third-place finishes in 1989
  • Overall that year, had 11 top-10 finishes in 24 starts
  • The following season, successfully defended MCI Heritage title and won GTE Byron Nelson Classic
  • Finished third on money list in 1990
  • Missed 10 weeks early in 1991 due to neck injury, but rebounded to win U.S. Open in playoff over Scott Simpson
  • Victory drought of nearly four years ended in 1995 with win at Shell Houston Open, where he erased seven-stroke deficit in final round to force playoff with 54-hole leader Scott Hoch
  • Won playoff with par on first extra hole
  • In 1996, finished T9 in defense of Shell Houston title and closed on stroke behind Tiger Woods at Walt Disney World/Oldsmbile Classic
  • Had great start and finish to 1997 season
  • Earnethree of seven top-10s in first month, then posted other four in final month of play
  • Earned more than $500,000 for ninth time in career
  • Made first start at Phoenix Open following elbow surgery the previous December
  • Closest brush with victory came at Honda Classic, where three consecutive 68s place him one stroke back after three rounds
  • Final-round 71 fell one shy of Stuart Appleby
  • Finished T3 at Bay Hill Invitational
  • Second top-10 stretch began at Greater Vancouver Open, where finished T6
  • Followed with T8 at Bell Canadian Open, T9 at Michelob Championship at Kingsmill and T10 at Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic
  • Has represented the United States on four Ryder Cup Teams
  • Winner of three consecutive Skins Games from 1991-1993.

PERSONAL:
  • Easily identified on course because he wears knickers
  • Has own clothing line featuring them
  • Donated 1987 Bay Hill Invitational winner's check to Florida Hospital Circle of Friends in memory of father, who died two years earlier.
  • 1998 recipient of Southern Methodist University's Distinguished Alumni Award.

NATIONAL TEAMS: Nissan Cup, 1986; Kirin Cup, 1987; World Cup (2), 1987, 1990; Ryder Cup (4), 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993; AsahiGlass Four Tours World Championship of Golf (2), 1989, 1990; Dunhill Cup, 1993
1999 PGA TOUR CHARITY TEAM: Shell Houston Open
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