Ten years. It’s tough to believe Payne Stewart has been gone that long.
A twin-engine Lear 35 jet carrying Stewart, three business associates and two pilots took off from Orlando (Fla.) International Airport at 9:09 a.m. EDT Monday, Oct. 25, 1999 headed for Dallas and crashed in Mina, S.D., just a few hours later, killing all aboard.
We dug into the Golfweek archives to remember the two-time U.S. Open champion’s life, and the family and friends he loved.
• Memories of Payne: Golfweek staff tells its favorite stories: Payne Stewart not only made an impression on his familiy and friends, but also on the golf media.
Our senior writers and editors who knew him best recount some of their favorite Stewart stories.
• PODCAST: Listen to Jeff Babineau, Jeff Rude, Jim McCabe and Alex Miceli share their favorite memories of Payne Stewart.
From the Oct. 30, 1999 issue of Golfweek:
• Payne Stewart, 42, dies in plane crash: The unlikely circumstances of the plane crash that killed U.S. Open champion Payne Stewart and five others Oct. 25 are as difficult to fathom as the idea that one of golf’s brightest stars is gone.
• Brian Hewitt: Stewart lived, played with passion, emotion: Payne Stewart was the professional golfer who could put on a pair of jeans and a baseball cap and stroll unnoticed through the malls of America. But stick him on a golf course with that Hogan-style cap and the sporty plus fours, and everybody knew who he was.
• Jeff Babineau: Orlando community comes to grips: The loss of Stewart leaves a devastating void in the PGA Tour family, in his adopted hometown of Orlando, where he had lived since 1982, and in Springfield, Mo. – the place his mother, Bee, said her son still called home.
• Ron Balicki: A champion remembered at Champions: The flags in front of Champions Golf Club clubhouse flew at half-staff. In the parking lot there were nameplates for each of the 30 players who would be competing in this year’s PGA Tour Championship.
From the June 10, 2000 issue of Golfweek:
• Jeff Rude: Payne Stewart: The Life of the Party: Payne Stewart made his friends laugh. His memory still does. He was a two-time U.S. Open champion. He was husband and father. He was conspicuous by attire. But mainly he was the life of the party.
• Podcast: Payne Stewart: Our favorite memories: Golfweek’s PGA Tour writers share their favorite stories about Payne Stewart.
• Video: Hate to be Rude: Aaron Stewart: It’s been 10 years since Aaron Stewart’s father, Payne, won the U.S. Open. Aaron shares some of his favorite memories of dad with Jeff Rude.
• Q&A: Tracey Stewart: Almost 10 years after the sudden and tragic death of her golf champion husband, Payne Stewart, Tracey Stewart says she thinks of him every day in all sorts of ways, often related to their two children. His memory still prompts occasional tears. She says she doesn’t believe time heals, because her hurt remains.
• Photo gallery: Payne Stewart through the years