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PGA TOUR Victories (11)
International Victories (7)
Additional Victories (1)
The Payne Stewart GC, designed by Bobby Clampett and Chuck Smith, was dedicated in Branson, Mo.
The city of Branson, Mo., held a groundbreaking for the Payne Stewart GC.
Posthumously inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame 18 months after his death. Honored with fellow inductees Judy Bell, Donna Caponi, Greg Norman, Allan Robertson and Karsten Solheim.
The PGA TOUR established the Payne Stewart Award, presented on an annual basis to the player who shows respect for the traditions of golf, has a commitment to uphold the game's heritage of charitable support and presents himself in a professional and meticulous way through his dress and conduct.
Boarded a plane on October 25 from his home in Orlando, Fla. Was scheduled to travel to Texas for the season-ending Tour Championship at Champions GC in Houston. At 9:27 p.m., EDT, communication with the plane ended, and officials later determined the plane suffered a loss of cabin pressure. The Learjet eventually veered off course and ran out of gas, crashing in Aberdeen, S.D., with all on board dying from hypoxia (a lack of oxygen). Finished his season seventh on the money list, with his second U.S. Open victory turning out to be an exclamation point on his career.
Enjoyed second-best earnings year in his 17 full seasons on TOUR, and his big year of winnings put him seventh on the all-time money list, with $9,659,058. Began year by making first 15 cuts before missing the weekend at the PGA Championship, where he shot rounds of 76-74. Played in 19 events and finished in top 10 six times. Claimed his best finish since T3 at 1997 Bay Hill Invitational when he turned in a T4 at the Nissan Open. Opened with rounds of 60-67 to stand one off Billy Mayfair's 36-hole lead. Closed 69-70 to finish T4, with John Daly.
Had good start to year and a good finish. Earned three of seven top-10s in the first month of play then added four more in final month of action. Claimed more than $500,000 for the ninth time in his career. Following elbow surgery (chip removal) the previous December, made first start at the Phoenix Open. Added top-10s at the Bell Canadian Open (T8) and at the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill (T9).
Seven top-10 finishes highlighted his campaign. Finished 33rd on the money list, with $537,293 in earnings. Finished third in PGA TOUR All-Around category, behind Fred Couples and Mark Calcavecchia. A victory at final full-field event—the Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic—would have earned him a spot in the TOUR Championship. With rounds of 68-63-70, was one stroke off lead entering final round. Dueled Tiger Woods throughout Sunday's round, losing in the end by one stroke. After a T12 at the Mercedes Championships, recorded a T4 at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. A fourth-round 63, tying the course record at Indian Ridge, gave him a share of the lead with Mark Brooks, John Huston, and Jeff Maggert. A closing 70 left him three strokes behind winner Brooks. Claimed a T3 at the Honda Classic, shooting 70-70-68-68. Despite an opening-round 74 at the Freeport-McDermott Classic outside New Orleans, came back to T4.
After struggling with his game in 1994, returned to his prior form and won his ninth career title, at the Shell Houston Open. Came from seven strokes back after 54 holes to tie Scott Hoch and force a playoff in Texas. Won the playoff with a par on the first extra hole. The win was his first since his U.S. Open victory, a span of 3 years, 10 months, 14 days.
Struggled more with mental side of golf than physical in least productive campaign since second year on TOUR, in 1982. Money-list finish was the lowest since his rookie season (No. 157). Took long stretches away from game on several occasions. Returned from a three-week hiatus following PGA Championship to place T10 in Bell Canadian Open, his second and final top-10 of year. Of his seven missed cuts, six occurred over a nine-event stretch from THE PLAYERS Championship through the Canon Greater Hartford Open.
Was $17,125 shy of recording his second million-dollar campaign. Was a runner-up finisher four times, including a head-to-head battle with Lee Janzen in the U.S. Open. Trailed Janzen by a shot through 54 holes at Baltusrol GC. Shot an even-par 70 Sunday to Janzen's 69, giving Janzen the two-shot win and the title.
His No. 44 on money-list position at the end of the year was his worst since his first year on TOUR (No. 157 in 1981). Had consecutive top-10 finishes right after Memorial Day.
Only other top-15 outings were a T12 at the Independent Insurance Agent Open, a T13 at the PGA Championship and a T14 at the Canadian Open.
Recorded eight top-10s, with winnings of $976,281 and a No. 3 spot on the money list. Successfully defended his title at the MCI Heritage Classic, defeating Steve Jones and Larry Mize in a playoff with a birdie on the second playoff hole at Harbour Town GL. Had three close calls, finishing second at the Memorial Tournament, the Centel Western Open and The Open Championship. A week after winning the Byron Nelson, played in the weather-shortened Memorial Tournament and shot a final-round 69 that left him a stroke behind winner Greg Norman.
For the first time, won two tournaments in a season and finished a career-high second on the money list, surpassing $1 million for the first time in his career ($1,201,301). Highlight of the year came at the PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes outside Chicago. Opened the final major of the year with a 2-over 74 but moved up the leaderboard with a 6-under 66 Friday and was tied for 14th with nine others at the halfway mark. Appeared too far back after a 3-under 69 Saturday left him six shots behind 54-hole leader Mike Reid, with 10 players ahead of him. When Reid faltered Sunday, shooting a 2-over 74, he pounced, with a 5-under 67 that was enough to pass Reid and hold off Andy Bean, who shot a 66. The one-stroke victory was his first major championship. Added third-place performances at the Memorial Tournament (final-round 65) and the NEC World Series of Golf.
Two runner-up outings, including a playoff loss, were the highlights of his season that saw him finish 14th on the money list. Opened the year with back-to-back top-10s, at the MONY Tournament of Champions (T7) and the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (T4). Only other top-five performances occurred at the Texas Open (T5) and at the Nabisco Championship—a disappointing finish to his season, a T3. Was two shots off the pace after shooting a Saturday 64 at the par-72 Pebble Beach GL. Missed the Curtis Strange-Tom Kite playoff by a stroke when he shot a 1-over 73 on a day when no player in the 30-man field was able to break par. Added top-10s at the Hertz Bay Hill Classic and the Memorial Tournament (T6s) , The Open Championship (T7), THE PLAYERS Championship (T8), the Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational and the PGA Championship (T9s) and the U.S. Open (T10).
Surpassed the $500,000 mark in earnings for a second consecutive year, finishing 12th on the final money list. Won his third career title, capturing the Hertz Bay Hill Classic. Took control of the tournament with an 8-under 63 in the third round after opening 69-67 through the first 36 holes. Added a 65 Sunday to defeat David Frost by three shots.
Earned more than half-a-million dollars for the first time in his career and without the benefit of a victory still finished third on the money list. In his 22 made cuts in 29 starts, finished in the top-10 in 16 of them. Had three runner-up finishes, all in weather-shortened tournaments. First came at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Placed a distant five shots behind winner Fuzzy Zoeller. Finished third at the Federal Express St. Jude Classic in August, T4 at the Byron Nelson Golf Classic and T5 at both the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and the PGA Championship.
Came close to victory again but two runner-up finishes—at The Open Championship and the Byron Nelson Golf Classic—left him winless for a second consecutive year. Only missed two cuts in his 27 starts. Began his season with a final-round 66 at the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, which allowed him to move into a T5 in Monterey. Final top-10s of the campaign came at the Southern Open (T6) and the Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Clasic (T4).
Saw his streak of years winning a tournament end at two, but he did record his best money-list finish, an 11th-place position. Biggest disappointment came at the Colonial National Invitational in May when he lost in a playoff to Peter Jacobsen. Opened a two-shot, 54-hole lead over Jacobsen in Fort Worth but watched Jacobsen force a playoff when Jacobsen shot a Sunday 70 to his 2-over 72. Jacobsen won the overtime period with a birdie on the first sudden-death hole.
Broke through in a big way by winning a pair of tournaments during his 24 TOUR appearances. After missing two cuts and finishing T42 at the Honda Inverrary Classic, he entered the unofficial Magnolia Classic played opposite the Masters Tournament and took control of the event early. At Hattiesburg CC in Mississippi, shot an opening 65 then took a share of the second-round lead, with Don Levin, at 8-under. A third-round 71 dropped him into a T2 with Mike Smith and Jeff Thomsen with 18 holes to play. Rolled to a three-shot triumph when he fired a 3-under 67 on the final day to outlast Jay Cudd and Bruce Douglass.