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Sombre mood at Grand Slam

This was supposed to be a celebration, a $1 million culmination to the PGA Tour season.

Instead, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf has turned sombre.

The tournament, which starts Tuesday at the Poipu Bay Resort on Kauai, is designed for the winners of the year's four majors.

There's Masters winner Jose Maria Olazabal, British Open champion Paul Lawrie, and PGA Championship winner Tiger Woods.

The fourth spot is reserved for the U.S. Open champ, but Payne Stewart was killed in a plane crash in South Dakota last month.

Davis Love III, the alternate based on his performance in this year's majors, will take over for his late friend.

"I'm not trying to replace him," Love said today. "His spot will never be taken. None of the four can replace Payne. Hopefully, while we're here, we can focus on him and carry on his mission for his love of the game of golf."

And Stewart's memory will be everywhere. His portrait, draped in a lei, has a place on the scoreboard. He will also be an integral part of the tournament program and television plans a tribute during its prime-time telecast.

The four participants were part of this year's Ryder Cup in which the United States rallied to win the trophy on the final day.

The Grand Slam is contested at match, with the pairings featuring the top-seeded Woods facing No. 4 Lawrie and No. 3 Love playing against No. 2 Olazabal. The winners meet Wednesday for the $400,000 first prize, while the losers play a consolation match.

Woods recorded eight PGA Tour victories this season, is No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, and has won $7.28 million worldwide in 1999.

His latest victory came this past weekend in Malaysia, where he led the United States to the World Cup title in the 32-nation event. He shot a record-breaking total for four rounds and won the individual title by nine strokes.

For Lawrie, who had to travel halfway around the world, the task is daunting.

"All I can do is try to play well against him," he said.