Forever remembered as one of the most dramatic storylines in the history of golf, Payne Stewart’s legendary career was bookended by a dramatic comeback and a shocking, tragic end.
In The Last Stand of Payne Stewart, award-winning sportswriter Kevin Robbins brings Stewart’s story vividly to life. The book, which won the USGA 2019 Herbert Warren Wind Book Award, focuses of Stewart’s last year on the PGA Tour in 1999.
Written off as a pompous showman past his prime, Stewart emerged from a long slump during that unforgettable season. He captured the U.S. Open at Pinehurst in June and played on the victorious U.S. Ryder Cup team. That summer he appeared to be a new man – wiser, deeper and on the verge of a new level of greatness.
However, his journey to redemption ended tragically and unexpectedly in October, when his chartered Learjet flew aimlessly for more than 1,000 miles, ran out of fuel and fell to Earth in a South Dakota prairie.
His death marked the end of an era, one made up of “shot makers” who played the game with artistry, guile, finesse and heart.
With exclusive access to Stewart’s friends, family, and onetime colleagues, Robbins provides a long-overdue portrait of one of golf’s greats in one of golf’s greatest seasons.