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Lynx cancel Stewart line of clubs

Lynx Golf said today it will cancel production of the forged irons that Payne Stewart helped design and had planned to play in 2000.

Stewart, who died Oct. 25 in a plane crash, had signed a three-year endorsement contract with Golfsmith International, the parent company of Lynx. He carried the Lynx bag when he won the U.S. Open and was to play its clubs next year.

Stewart first used the new forged irons, which he designed with Golfsmith chief technical officer Tom Wishon, during the Dunhill Cup at St. Andrews two weeks before his death.

"Out of respect to Payne, to his memory and to his family, Golfsmith has made the decision to cancel the development of these irons, as well as other Lynx golf club projects for Payne which were in process at the time of his death," said Carl Paul, president and CEO of Golfsmith.

Paul said the irons that Stewart used in the Dunhill Cup will be kept at company headquarters, while a duplicate set will be presented to Stewart's family.