Son and Father.
Payne Stewart - 10 Years Ago
By Kickntrue on 5/4/09
It's been almost 10 years since Payne Stewart tragically died in a plane crash. By far one of the saddest golf stories ever. For those too young or who need a refresher:
It was Oct. 25, 1999, and Payne Stewart had left his home outside Orlando, Fla., to fly by private plane to Dallas. Known as much for his traditional knickers and tam-o'-shanter as his championship resume, the flamboyant Stewart, 42, had won the U.S. Open for the second time only four months earlier.It would certainly be tragic for anyone, but especially for someone as beloved as Stewart. He was one of the guys everyone seemed to like and while nobody speaks unkind of the dead, I challenge you to find a single negative thing written about Stewart from when he was alive.
I can still remember vividly the tribute the following week where many players went out in Payne's signature knickers and cap.
At any rate- his son is now a freshman at his alma mater, Southern Methodist University, where he plays golf. Until his father's death, Aaron Stewart had zero interest in golf, his father never pressuring him or giving him a single lesson. Since he didn't start playing until much later than most, his mechanics and finesse are a bit behind, but it seems the talent is there. Hopefully more than just a smooth swing is genetic, and Aaron is a class act. I know he's the kind of person I'd want my kids rooting for.
LA Times - Aaron Stewart
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That is truly a sad story. One pretty cool thing is if you go to Pinehurst (where he won that Open) they have a bronze statute just behind the 18th Green with Payne in that pose we all remember so well.
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