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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | October 26, 1999
For most of his 19-year career on the PGA Tour, Payne Stewart was known for his style rather than his substance. His behavior was admittedly more that of a churl than a champion. But last winter, he went through a major transformation.He stopped drinking. He took his religious faith more seriously. He went from a player who fans -- and members of the media -- openly rooted against to one they pulled for, as happened when Stewart won his second U.S. Open in June.It was his third major championship and the 11th victory of his career.
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October 12, 2006
Some famous athletes killed in plane crashes. Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder died Dec. 31, 1972, on an aid mission delivering medicine, food and clothing from Puerto Rico to victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua. Thurman Munson New York Yankees catcher died Aug. 2, 1979, in Canton, Ohio, while practicing taking off and landing a small jet he had just purchased. He was trapped in the burning plane. Payne Stewart Two-time U.S. Open golf champion died Oct. 25, 1999, when a plane he was a passenger in crashed near Mina, S.D., after a loss of cabin pressure.
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October 12, 2006
Some famous athletes killed in plane crashes. Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder died Dec. 31, 1972, on an aid mission delivering medicine, food and clothing from Puerto Rico to victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua. Thurman Munson New York Yankees catcher died Aug. 2, 1979, in Canton, Ohio, while practicing taking off and landing a small jet he had just purchased. He was trapped in the burning plane. Payne Stewart Two-time U.S. Open golf champion died Oct. 25, 1999, when a plane he was a passenger in crashed near Mina, S.D., after a loss of cabin pressure.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 15, 2005
PINEHURST, N.C. - The larger-than-life bronze statue stands behind the 18th green, not far from where the man who among those immortalized here made the biggest putt of his career and one of the most memorable in the history of the U.S. Open. Payne Stewart has been dead nearly six years now, the memory still too raw for many of that October day when news came that the private plane he was flying on had lost pressure in the cabin, killing all on board, and later crashed. Under a broiling afternoon sun, Stewart's personality was briefly brought back to life yesterday in a ceremony at the fabled No. 2 course, where play begins tomorrow in the 105th U.S. Open.
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March 7, 1991
Ailing Payne Stewart to miss at least 5 weeksPayne Stewart is wearing a neck brace and facing the loss of at least five weeks -- possibly more -- from his PGA Tour schedule."
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 15, 2000
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.-Nearly eight months after his tragic death, Payne Stewart was remembered here yesterday in a touching 35-minute tribute that ended with 40 of his peers hitting golf balls from near the 18th green at Pebble Beach into Stillwater Cove. Stewart, who died last Oct. 25 in a private plane crash at age 42, becomes the first U.S. Open champion in 51 years not to defend his title when the tournament begins today. Ben Hogan couldn't defend his title in 1951 because of injuries suffered in a near-fatal car accident.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2002
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Will Phil Mickelson finally win his first major this week? Maybe the stars are in perfect alignment, since the final round of the 102nd U.S. Open will coincide with Mickelson's 32nd birthday as well as Father's Day. Three years ago in Pinehurst, N.C., Mickelson held the lead on the back nine during the final round before losing by two strokes to the late Payne Stewart. Mickelson had considered withdrawing during the tournament because his wife, Amy, was ready to give birth to their first child.
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By New York Times News Service | November 30, 1992
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Payne Stewart put $220,000 worth o salve on an otherwise poor year yesterday by winning his second consecutive Skins Game in sudden death.In a format where opportunism is everything, Stewart made a 3-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole, worth $120,000, to edge Fred Couples, who already had won $210,000.On that hole, the 171-yard, par-3 17th at the Bighorn Golf Club, all four players hit excellent tee shots, with Tom Kite the farthest from the pin at eight feet and Stewart the closest at three feet.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | June 15, 1996
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- Is Payne Stewart burdened by the prospect of leading the U.S. Open?Stewart staggered in at the end of the second round yesterday with ugly bogeys on two of the last three holes that shrunk his lead from three shots to one and let half of the state of Michigan survive the cut, but the answer to the aforementioned question is an emphatic no.In the last 19 U.S. Opens, the only champion to be atop the leader board after every round...
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | November 2, 2000
ATLANTA - Life has changed dramatically for Paul Azinger since the last time he played in the Tour Championship. That was in 1993. He was defending champion, having won the year before at Pinehurst No. 2. He was second on the PGA Tour's money list, having added to his resume his first major title, the PGA Championship. He was also a month away from finding that he had cancer. Azinger makes his return today, here at East Lake Golf Club. "It was a lot tougher [getting back] than I thought it would be," Azinger said yesterday.
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October 21, 2003
On October 15, 2003 STEWART PAYNE. Friends may call at the FAMILY OWNED MARCH FUNERAL HOME EAST, 1101 East North Avenue on Tuesday after 9:00 A.M. where the family will receive friends on Wednesday at 11:30 A.M. Funeral services will follow at 12 noon. See www.marchfh.com.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2002
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Will Phil Mickelson finally win his first major this week? Maybe the stars are in perfect alignment, since the final round of the 102nd U.S. Open will coincide with Mickelson's 32nd birthday as well as Father's Day. Three years ago in Pinehurst, N.C., Mickelson held the lead on the back nine during the final round before losing by two strokes to the late Payne Stewart. Mickelson had considered withdrawing during the tournament because his wife, Amy, was ready to give birth to their first child.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | November 2, 2000
ATLANTA - Life has changed dramatically for Paul Azinger since the last time he played in the Tour Championship. That was in 1993. He was defending champion, having won the year before at Pinehurst No. 2. He was second on the PGA Tour's money list, having added to his resume his first major title, the PGA Championship. He was also a month away from finding that he had cancer. Azinger makes his return today, here at East Lake Golf Club. "It was a lot tougher [getting back] than I thought it would be," Azinger said yesterday.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 15, 2000
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.-Nearly eight months after his tragic death, Payne Stewart was remembered here yesterday in a touching 35-minute tribute that ended with 40 of his peers hitting golf balls from near the 18th green at Pebble Beach into Stillwater Cove. Stewart, who died last Oct. 25 in a private plane crash at age 42, becomes the first U.S. Open champion in 51 years not to defend his title when the tournament begins today. Ben Hogan couldn't defend his title in 1951 because of injuries suffered in a near-fatal car accident.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | October 26, 1999
For most of his 19-year career on the PGA Tour, Payne Stewart was known for his style rather than his substance. His behavior was admittedly more that of a churl than a champion. But last winter, he went through a major transformation.He stopped drinking. He took his religious faith more seriously. He went from a player who fans -- and members of the media -- openly rooted against to one they pulled for, as happened when Stewart won his second U.S. Open in June.It was his third major championship and the 11th victory of his career.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | June 15, 1996
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- Is Payne Stewart burdened by the prospect of leading the U.S. Open?Stewart staggered in at the end of the second round yesterday with ugly bogeys on two of the last three holes that shrunk his lead from three shots to one and let half of the state of Michigan survive the cut, but the answer to the aforementioned question is an emphatic no.In the last 19 U.S. Opens, the only champion to be atop the leader board after every round...
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By George White and George White,Orlando Sentinel | July 18, 1991
SOUTHPORT, England -- There he was, just being a tourist. Like hundreds of guys who sign up for golf packages in Scotland, the U.S. Open champion took a week to travel a bit with the boys, play golf in the daytime, wager a few shillings in a nassau then down a pint of bitters in the evening.So golf isn't totally a job for Payne Stewart. He can indeed play it for business, as he did last month at Hazeltine when he won the U.S. Open -- or as he will do today when he begins play in the British Open.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | May 26, 1996
POTOMAC -- There have been four first-time winners on the PGA Tour this year.The conclusion of the Kemper Open today could provide a fifth.Heading into the final round at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel, the first four spots on the leader board are held by guys who never have won on the PGA Tour. It's tempting to look at the names immediately behind them -- the Dalys and Hochs and Stewarts -- and envision the newcomers toppling like so many dominoes, but it's a different game in the 1990s.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | May 26, 1996
POTOMAC -- There have been four first-time winners on the PGA Tour this year.The conclusion of the Kemper Open today could provide a fifth.Heading into the final round at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel, the first four spots on the leader board are held by guys who never have won on the PGA Tour. It's tempting to look at the names immediately behind them -- the Dalys and Hochs and Stewarts -- and envision the newcomers toppling like so many dominoes, but it's a different game in the 1990s.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer | June 11, 1995
POTOMAC -- Davis Love III is certain of one thing as he enters today's final round of the $1.4 million Kemper Open with a one-stroke lead.Another par 71 like he shot yesterday won't be good enough to win. But he's not likely to need anything as dazzling as his 8-under 63 that tied the Kemper and Tournament Players Club at Avenel course record on Friday, either."
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