Payne Stewart

stewart3January 30, 1957 – October 25, 1999

Donned in his unmistakable  pinch-billed Ivy caps and checkered knickerbockers, William Payne Stewart dazzled fans and colleagues alike on the PGA Tour for 17 years before his untimely death in 1999. Stewart’s remarkable fashion and amiable personality on the links made him one of the most popular and recognizable figures in golf for most of the late 1980’s and ’90’s. He was known to have a naturally fluid stroke and his trademark victorious one-legged-air-punch-celebration-thingy thrilled spectators and the media.

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Stewart won more than 20 titles during his career, including 11 PGA Tour events, 2 U.S. Open titles (’91, ’99) and a PGA Tour Championship (’89). In October of 1999, Stewart was preparing to wrap up a very successful season and was en route to Texas for the year-ending Tour Championship when the Learjet he was in lost pressure in the cabin and all on board were killed. The jet continued to fly on autopilot for more than 3 hours before finally running out of fuel and crashing in South Dakota. Payne Stewart was 42 years-old.

Burial

Dr. Phillips Cemetery – Orlando, FL

Specific Location

Just to the north of the small pond at the center of the park.

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