Name:William Payne Stewart
Lived:[1957-1999]. Born on Jan 30, 1957 in Springfield, Missouri. Died on Oct 25, 1999 near Mina, South Dakota (aged 42).
Occupation:Professional golfer; course designer.
Played as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Feb 4-7). Second-placed Frank Lickliter II (USA) finished 1 shot behind Stewart (USA), who recorded his tenth PGA Tour win. Event reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Poppy Hills GC and Spyglass Hill GC].
The US Open (99th) (June 17-20). Second-placed Phil Mickelson (USA) finished 1 shot behind Stewart (USA), who won this event for the second time. Less than five months later Payne Stewart died in a plane crash. [No.2 Course, Pinehurst Resort, NC].
Played as the Shell Houston Open (April 27-30). Stewart (USA) beat Scott Hoch (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Tournament course (known as TPC at The Woodlands), Woodlands CC, nr Houston, TX].
Played as the Skins Game (Nov 27/28; four-man PGA Tour unofficial money event). Stewart (USA) won this event for the third straight year with a total of 9 skins worth $280,000. Second was Fred Couples (USA) 9 skins worth $260,000. Paul Azinger (USA) and Arnold Palmer (USA) were shut out with no skins. [Mountains course, Bighorn GC, Palm Desert, California].
Played as the Hassan II Trophy (unofficial limited-field event). Second-placed Wayne Webster (RSA), Brian Claar (USA) and Dillard Pruitt (USA) finished 8 shots behind defending champion Stewart (USA). [Red course, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco].
Played as the Hassan II Trophy (unofficial limited-field event). Stewart (USA) beat D.A. Weibring (USA) in a playoff. [Red course, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco].
Played as the Skins Game (Nov 28/29; four-man PGA Tour unofficial money event). Defending champion Stewart (USA) won with a total of 6 skins worth $220,000. Second was Fred Couples (USA) 8 skins worth $210,000. Third was Greg Norman (Aus) 4 skins worth $110,000. Tom Kite (USA) was shut out with no skins. [Mountains course, Bighorn GC, Palm Desert, California].
The US Open (91st) (June 13-17). Stewart (USA) beat Scott Simpson (USA) in an 18-hole playoff: Stewart 75 (+3); Simpson 77 (+5). This was the first of Stewart's two US Open Championship wins. [Hazeltine National GC, Chaska, Minn.].
Played as the Heineken Dutch Open (July 25-28). Second-placed Per-Ulrik Johansson (Swe) and Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 9 shots behind Stewart (USA), who recorded his first and only European Tour win. [Noordwijkse GC, Noordwijk, Neth.].
Played as the Skins Game (Nov 30-Dec 1; four-man PGA Tour unofficial money event). Stewart (USA) won with a total of 8 skins worth $260,000. Second was John Daly (USA) 7 skins worth $160,000. Third was defending champion Curtis Strange (USA) 3 skins worth $120,000. Jack Nicklaus (USA) was shut out with no skins. [Stadium (resort) course, PGA West, La Quinta, CA].
Played as the GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic (May 3-6). Second-placed Lanny Wadkins (USA) finished 2 shots behind Stewart (USA). Reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [TPC course, Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas, Irving, nr Dallas, TX].
Played as the World Cup of Golf by Kraft General Foods (individual low score) (Nov 21-24). Payne Stewart (USA) won the International Trophy for best individual score in the World Cup of Golf. Team winners of the Cup: Bernhard Langer & Torsten Giedeon (Ger). [North/South course, Grand Cypress GC, Orlando, FL].
Played as the MCI Heritage Classic (April 12-15). Defending champion Stewart (USA) beat Steve Jones (USA) and Larry Mize (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].
Played as the MCI Heritage Classic (April 13-16). Second-placed Kenny Perry (USA) finished 5 shots behind Stewart (USA). [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].
PGA of America
The US PGA Championship (71st) (Aug 10-13). Second-placed Andy Bean (USA), Mike Reid (USA) and Curtis Strange (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time major championship winner Stewart (USA). [Kemper Lakes GC, Kildeer, nr Chicago, IL].
Stewart (USA) won the PGA Tour Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average (over a minimum of 50 rounds). Greg Norman (Aus) was second with 69.49; Tom Kite was third with 69.57.
Played as the Hertz Bay Hill Classic (March 12-15). Second-placed David Frost (RSA) finished 3 shots behind Stewart (USA). [Bay Hill Club, Orlando, FL].
Played as the Walt Disney World Golf Classic (Oct 19-23). Second-placed Nick Faldo (Eng) and Mark McCumber (USA) finished 2 shots behind Stewart (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [Magnolia course, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL. Earlier rounds also played on the Palm course].
Played as the Miller High Life Quad Cities Open (July 15-18). Second-placed Brad Bryant (USA) and Pat McGowan (USA) finished 2 shots behind first-time PGA Tour winner Stewart (USA). [Oakwood CC, Coal Valley, Quad Cities, IL].
Played as the Magnolia Classic (April 8-11; unofficial PGA Tour "satellite" event). Second-placed Jay Cudd (USA) and Bruce Douglass (USA) finished 3 shots behind Stewart (USA). [Hattiesburg CC, Hattiesburg, MS].
Played as the Indonesian Open (April 2-5; Asian circuit event). Stewart (USA) beat Sukree Onsham (Thai), Chi-san Hsu (Taiw) and Tze-chung "T.C." Chen (Taiw) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Pondok Indah GC, South Jakarta, Indonesia].
Played as the Indian Open. Second-placed Hsu Sheng-san (Taiw) and Ho Ming Chung (Taiw) finished 4 shots behind Stewart (USA). [Delhi GC, New Delhi, India].
PGA Championship: the first men’s major of the year will be contested at TPC Harding Park, without spectators being present (Aug 6-9).
European Senior (Staysure) Tour: the Europe-based over-50s tour for men has taken the reluctant step of cancelling the entire 2020 season, based on the additional coronavirus risk associated with the age demographic of the players.
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