June 16, 2009 |
Time has a way of always moving on, but never traveling far. Consider that it has been 10 years since William Payne Stewart, dressed in motoring cap and plus-fours, etched his way into our hearts and minds with a fist pump and leg kick that celebrated his successful 15-foot putt and ended one of the most dramatic U.S. Open golf tournaments ever. Consider what happened next: Stewart went immediately to the man he beat with his 15-foot putt.
May 4, 2009 |
At the time of his famous father's unusually public death, Aaron Stewart was 10 years old, a fifth-grader. "I was in class and I got called into the principal's office," Payne Stewart's only son recalls of that nightmarish moment nearly a decade ago. "I thought I was in trouble." If only it had been so. Instead, he soon learned what millions of television viewers already knew: His father, one of golf's most recognizable figures and winner of three major championships, was gone. It was Oct.
June 12, 2005 |
When Payne Stewart arrived at Pinehurst six years ago for the U.S. Open, he hadn't forgotten what had happened to him at the previous Open. He'd had a four-shot lead to start the last round at San Francisco's Olympic Club but shot 74 and was passed by Lee Janzen, who closed with a 68. Stewart was unhappy, from the tip of his tam o' shanter to the bottoms of his trademark plus fours, since he had led after each of the first three rounds.
June 2, 2005 |
Before there was the image seared on the television screen, the one that showed the smiling, leaping Phil Mickelson at the 18th green of Augusta National celebrating the putt that won the Masters a year ago, there was another version that many witnessed but few remember. It was the Phil of defeat. The picture is 6 years old now, but it's still fresh. Mickelson is standing on the 18th green at Pinehurst No. 2 on the last day of the 1999 U.S.
June 2, 2001 |
Paul Azinger's most dramatic moment in golf came at the Memorial eight years ago when he dropped a shot in from a greenside bunker to defeat his close friend, Payne Stewart. He talked fondly about it the day before this year's Memorial in a ceremony honoring Stewart. Then he went out and began trying to win a tournament that means so much to him.
November 29, 2000 |
Offering little to better explain the mysterious plane crash 13 months ago that killed golfer Payne Stewart and five others, federal investigators on Tuesday confirmed long-held suspicions that the accident probably was caused by a loss of cabin pressurization. National Transportation Safety Board investigators had said privately for months that the Learjet 35 apparently depressurized as it reached 39,000 feet after taking off from Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 25, 1999, on a planned flight to Texas.