Remembering Payne Stewart on his Birthday
At the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, Stewart won his third and final major. He made an 18-foot putt on the 18th green to edge Phil Mickelson by one stroke. (Jon Biever/SI)
Stewart's pose after that win is immortalized with a statue at Pinehurst. (Peter Wong)
Stewart won his first major at the 1989 PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes. (Bill Waugh/AP)
Stewart won 11 times on the PGA Tour, and he was a top-10 player at the time of his death. (David J. Phillip)
Payne Stewart was known for his elaborate outfits, but when he started on the PGA Tour in the early 80s, he wasn't wearing plus fours. (Al Messerschmidt/WireImage.com)
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.
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