Thursday, October 22
Special to Air on 10th Anniversary of Payne Stewart’s Death
The Payne Stewart statue on the Walk of Fame at Pinehurst.
SUNDAY WILL MARK the 10th anniversary of the untimely death of Payne Stewart, a multiple major winner and one of the PGA Tour’s charismatic personalities. In remembrance of Stewart’s impact both on and off the golf course, GOLF CHANNEL will air a one-hour special on Sunday at noon Eastern Time.
Hosted by Kraig Kann, Steve Sands and Charlie Rymer, the special will feature the most memorable moments in Payne’s career, including:
• The donation of his winnings to charity from the 1987 Bay Hill Invitational.
• His passion and patriotism for the Ryder Cup, and a look back at his five performances, including his concession to Colin Montgomerie in 1999.
• His three major championship victories, including the dramatic 1999 U.S. Open victory at Pinehurst over Phil Mickelson.
GOLF CHANNEL’s Scott Walker will visit with Stewart’s family at the recently opened Payne Stewart Golf Club in his home state of Missouri. The special will also include interviews with fellow PGA Tour professionals and friends in the golf community who will share their memories of Payne.
My Strange Coincidence
I could not have planned this, but I will be in Pinehurst on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of Stewart’s tragic death in a plane accident.
I will be attending the finals of the 2009 McGladrey Team Championship, a national best-ball amateur tournament conducted by the PGA of America. It will be a treat to be in Pinehurst. My awareness of Payne’s anniversary and tribute will make it even more special. I’ll be sure to visit the famous Stewart statue.
Can it really be a decade since Payne sank that 15-foot putt to win the U.S. Open and affectionately gripped Phil Mickelson’s head in his hands? It doesn’t seem that long ago.
−The Armchair Golfer