One of the most admired professional golfers of all time, Payne Stewart died tragically on October 25, 1999. At the time of his death, Stewart was ranked eighth in the world and third on the year's money list. Stewart's 18 victories around the world included three major championships, the 1989 PGA Championship, the 1991 US Open and the 1999 US Open. He was a member of the elite United States Ryder Cup team in 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1999.
Gracious. Passionate. Personable. An adoring public, smitten with his bravado, talent and signature knickers helped Payne Stewart become an American legend. Stewart's indomitable spirit was perhaps best on display at the Ryder Cup. Competing for his country fired Payne's patriotic passions. He joked before the tournament that if his teammates didn't have enough spirit, he would wake them up by playing Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" at full blast. And he did just that.
Stewart was also known for his deep character. When asked by the Make-A-Wish Foundation to meet terminally-ill Joel Broering, Stewart literally lifted him out of the car and into a golf cart. He took Joel along for a warm-up practice and into the clubhouse to meet the other players: Arnold Palmer, Fred Couples and Paul Azinger. Stewart also provided Joel with two sets of knickers, knee socks and tam-o'-shanter caps. Later that day, when Stewart won the tournament, he presented Joel with the trophy.
Today, many companies are committed to preserving the Payne Stewart legacy including Pro Tour Memorabilia, Golfolio, Kids Across America, Sports Images International, Saunders Group, Branson Hills Development Company, Golfingly Yours, Sanderson Enterprises, The Golf Channel and The First Academy.
In 2001 Payne Stewart was inducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Stewart's three major championships include the 1989 PGA Championship, the 1991 U.S. Open Championship and the 1999 U.S. Open Championship.
Stewarts PGA Tour victories included 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, 1995 Shell Houston Open, 1999 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, U.S. Open Championship.
Stewart played in the Ryder Cup in 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, and 1999.
Payne Stewart is survived by his wife, Tracey and two children, Chelsea and Aaron.
In 2000, Tracey Stewart authored a biography entitled, Payne Stewart.
Payne Stewart Enterprises was established by Payne Stewart to promote his trademark name and logo. Today, Tracey Stewart serves as President.
Payne Stewart Family Foundation was formed by Payne and Tracey Stewart to teach their children about giving back to the community.
The focus of the foundation is to support needy children and the development of the game of golf.