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Subject: ARCHIVE: October 25, 1999 ~Pro golfer Payne Stewart, who won 11 PGA Tour events, including 3 major championships in his career, only to die at 42, in one of the most bizarre celeb deaths to date. ...


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Date Posted: Friday, October 26, 08:14:02am


Payne Stewart
[ William Payne Stewart ]
(January 30, 1957 October 25, 1999)


American professional golfer who won eleven PGA Tour events, including three major championships in his career, the last of which occurred a few months before he died in an airplane accident at the age of 42. Stewart gained his first major title at the 1989 PGA Championship. He won the 1991 U.S. Open after a playoff against Scott Simpson. At the 1999 U.S. Open Stewart captured his third major title after holing a 15-foot (5 m) par putt on the final hole for a one stroke victory.

Stewart was a popular golfer with spectators, who responded enthusiastically to his distinctive clothing. He was reputed to have the biggest wardrobe of all professional golfers and was a favorite of photographers because of his flamboyant attire of ivy caps and patterned pants, which were a cross between plus fours and knickerbockers, a throwback to the once-commonplace golf "uniform". Stewart was also admired for having one of the most gracefully fluid and stylish golf swings of the modern era.

On October 25, 1999, a month after the American team rallied to win the Ryder Cup and four months after his U.S. Open victory, Stewart was killed in the crash of a Learjet flying from his home in Orlando, Florida, to Texas for the year-ending tournament, The Tour Championship, held at Champions Golf Club in Houston. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators concluded that the aircraft failed to pressurize and that all on board were incapacitated due to hypoxia as the aircraft passed to the west of Gainesville, Florida. The aircraft continued flying on autopilot until it ran out of fuel and crashed into a field near Mina, South Dakota.

Learn MORE on the life, career and odd death of Payne Stewart
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/19147/payne-stewart
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Payne_Stewart
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_South_Dakota_Learjet_crash

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