Posted January 30, 2014

Remembering Payne Stewart on his Birthday

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Today we remember Payne Stewart, the three-time major champ who would have turned 57 on January 30, 2014. Stewart’s name recalls his epic fist pump and embrace with a young Phil Mickelson after winning the 1999 U.S. Open. And his classic attire of knickers and tam-o-shanter cap. And his graceful golf swing. But most importantly, how love and exuberance for the game of golf was displayed every time on the course. Stewart died in an airplane crash 14 years ago.

PHOTOS: Payne Stewart’s Career in Photos

RELATED: Payne Stewart wins ’99 U.S. Open over Phil Mickelson

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26 comments
Shamsuddin Kassim
Shamsuddin Kassim

Yes he was one of the best. We never say bad things about people who are dead.

Gregory Ellis
Gregory Ellis

Was lucky enough to have met him at the Driving Range at Pebble Beach AT&T years ago and had my picture taken with him (y)

alexn
alexn

Great swing and bold game did he have.  Quite a character.

Carl Williams
Carl Williams

A great golfer and a great family man,Payne will always be in our hearts forever..

Dennis Boegel
Dennis Boegel

Hard to believe it will be 15 years - maybe his spirit will rub off on the man he beat this coming June - some guy named Phil.

Arlene Anderson Stoll
Arlene Anderson Stoll

Saw Payne at the BC Open...photos and autograph...sad when he passed....we lost a great person

Bob Pickard
Bob Pickard

He was always a favorite at my house, not only for golf but for his sense of humor, his music and being just plain inspirational.

Gale McNeill
Gale McNeill

He was brutally frank with words, yet one of the kindest players on tour. He left U.S. winners!

Danny Maine
Danny Maine

A class act golf needs more like him

Iain Macfarlane
Iain Macfarlane

Payne brought the classic swing to the modern game. He was a player that would, make you watch a golf event. If only we had more like him today!!!. Sorely missed.

Yves Dubois
Yves Dubois

He actually died on my birthday.... I remember like if it was yesterday.

Robert Reifert
Robert Reifert

Bumped into Payne at the U.S. Open Championship Shinnecock Hills 1995 late Friday evening, just he an I near the clubhouse, he stopped grabbed my program, signed it, looked me right in the eyes, and said enjoy the weekend !!

Sean Paul McCloskey
Sean Paul McCloskey

I was at the Buick Classic in West Chester. I was about 12 years old. Payne was standing over a putt and I hiccuped. He stopped what he was doing and walked over to me and said, "Don't worry I had the hiccups last night, too." The gallery laughed. It was one of the coolest moments.

Tony Altizer
Tony Altizer

I go see his locker each time I play at Disney. Never forget the day he died. :(

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