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Payne Stewart Biography

Payne Stewart Biography

William Payne Stewart was born Jan. 30, 1957 in Springfield, MO, and attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Popular and outgoing, Stewart began his pro golf career on the Asian Tour before earning his PGA Tour card in 1981. He won 11 tour events, including the 1989 PGA Championship and the US Open in 1991 and 1999.

Payne Stewart Biography

Stewart played for the U.S. team in five Ryder Cup events and two World Cups. He was widely known for his wardrobe of traditional golf knickers or plus fours and a tam o shanter cap, making him an irresistible target for photographers around the world. Stewart was also known for his pure swing, sportsmanlike conduct and gentlemanly behavior.

His life was cut short barely a month after the U.S. team won the 1999 Ryder Cup in Brookline, MA, when the private jet, in which he and five others were flying, crashed in a field near Aberdeen, SD. Payne Stewart was 42 years old.

He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001.

Payne Stewart Career Highlights

PGA TOUR wins include:

  • 1982 Magnolia Classic
  • 1982 Miller High Life QCO
  • 1983 Walt Disney World Classic
  • 1987 Hertz Bay Hill Classic
  • 1989 MCI Heritage Golf Classic
  • 1989 PGA Championship
  • 1990 MCI Heritage Golf Classic
  • 1990 GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic
  • 1991 U.S. Open
  • 1995 Shell Houston Open
  • 1999 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am
  • 1999 U.S. Open

Other Victories include:

  • 1981 Indian Open
  • 1981 Indonesian Open
  • 1982 Tweed Heads Classic
  • 1990 World Cup of Golf Individual Medalist
  • 1991 Heineken Dutch Open
  • 1991 Skins Game
  • 1992 Hassan II Golf Trophy Champion
  • 1992 Skins Game
  • 1993 Hassan II Golf Trophy Champion
  • 1993 Skins Game

U.S.A. National Teams:

  • 1986 Nissan Cup Team
  • 1987 Ryder Cup Team
  • 1987 Kirin Cup Team
  • 1987 World Cup Team
  • 1989 Ryder Cup Team
  • 1989 Four Tours World Championship Team
  • 1990 World Cup Team
  • 1990 Four Tours World Championship Team
  • 1991 Ryder Cup Team
  • 1993 Ryder Cup Team
  • 1993 Dunhill Cup Team
  • 1999 Ryder Cup Team
  • 1999 Dunhill Cup Team

Other Teams:

  • 1996 PGA TOUR Wendy's 3 tour Challenge Team

Other Accomplishments:

  • 1988 Nabisco All-Around Stat. Leader
  • 1989 Byron Nelson Award for lowest scoring avg. 69.485
  • 27 second place finishes in PGA Tour events and majors

PGA TOUR Career Earnings:

  • $11,737,008

At the time of his death, Payne Stewart was 3rd on All-time career earnings list. In 2000, The PGA TOUR created the Payne Stewart Award given annually to a player sharing Payne's respect for the traditions of the game, his commitment to uphold the game's heritage of charitable support, and his professional and meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct.

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