Remembering Payne Stewart

Found this interesting documentary recently. I well remember the day Payne Stewart’s plane went down. I was working in a press office with television screens banked all around and there was no escape from watching this story unfold over the course of several hours. He was a larger than life character, I remember seeing him outside the Turnberry Hotel one year waiting for his courtesy car, even when he thought no one was watching he was still performing practising his swing in his distinctive plus fours and flat cap. He had such presence and distinctiveness. It was very odd that he completed his life as reigning US Open champion at the peak of his powers and stilled the warring over the Brookline Ryder Cup with his passing. It shocked the entire golfing world and brought everyone to their senses. A final gift from Payne Stewart to the sport he loved.

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