Birthdate: January 30, 1957 Birthplace: Springfield, Mo. Age:42 Ht: 6'1"Wt: 180 Home: Orlando, Fla. College: SMU Turned Professional: 1979 Joined PGA Tour:1981 PGA Tour Playoff record:3-6
PGA Tour victories: 11 - 1982 Quad Cities Open, 1983 Walt Disney World Classic, 1987 Bay Hill Classic, 1989 MCI Heritage Classic, PGA Championship, 1990 MCI Heritage Classic, GTE Byron Nelson Classic, 1991 U.S. Open, 1995 Shell Houston Open, 1999 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am, U.S. Open
Other victories: 1981 Indian and Indonesian Opens (Asian), 1982 Magnolia Classic, 1991 Dutch Open.
Player Notes: Stewart's father Bill, an accomplished player who won the Missouri State Amateur and Missouri Senior, and played in the 1955 U.S. Open, introduced Payne to the game at age 4. After turning pro he failed at the Qualifying School in 1979 and played on the Asian tour in 1980 and '81, winning the 1981 Indian and Indonesian Opens. He returned to the U.S. at the end of 1981 and earned his tour card.
Stewart won tournaments in both of his first two seasons on tour, but his next three seasons saw him finish runner-up six times. When he broke the drought with a win at the 1987 Hertz Bay Hill Classic, Stewart donated the entire check of $108,000 to the Florida Hospital Golden Circle of Friends, in memory of his father, who had died of cancer two years before.
He won his first major championship at the 1989 PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes and picked up his second in 1991 at the U.S. Open at Hazeltine, defeating Scott Simpson in a Monday playoff.
At the 1998 U.S. Open Stewart led each of the first three rounds, but shot a 74 at the Olympic Club on Sunday to lose by a stroke to Lee Janzen.
He was again in the final pairing of the U.S. Open in 1999 at Pinehurst, but this time held on to win, sinking a 15-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to win by one over Phil Mickelson.
* Member of the 1987, '89, '91, '93 & '99 Ryder Cup Teams.
1990 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 23; top-10 finishes - 8; stroke average 70.12 (ranked 11th); money $976,281 (ranked 3rd); winner Heritage Classic and GTE Byron Nelson Classic.
1991 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 16; top-10 finishes - 2; stroke average 70.32 (ranked 19th); money $476,971 (ranked 31st); won U.S. Open and Dutch Open on the European Tour . . . Spent 2 months in '91 (March and April) sidelines with nerve problems in his neck.
1992 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 5; stroke average 70.30 (ranked T19th); money $334,738 (ranked 44th); best finish, T3rd, Memorial Tournament.
1993 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 22; top-10 finishes - 12; stroke average 69.82 (ranked 6th); money $982,875 (ranked 6th); best finish, 2nd U.S. Open, T2nd Los Angeles Open, Freeport-McMoRan Classic and Hardee's Classic.
1994 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 15; top-10 finishes - 2; stroke average 71.33 (ranked 102nd); money $145,687 (ranked 123rd); best finish, 5th, Bob Hope Classic.
1995 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 22; top-10 finishes - 6; stroke average 70.23 (ranked T17th); money $866,219 (ranked 12th); winner, Shell Houston Open.
1996 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 18; top-10 finishes -7; stroke average 70.64 (ranked T43rd); money $537,293 (ranked 33rd); best finish, 2nd Walt Disney World.
1997 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 20; top-10 finishes - 7; stroke average 70.07 (ranked 18th); money $538,289 (ranked 40th); best finish, T-2nd, Honda Classic.
1998 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 6; stroke average 69.93 (ranked T14th); money $1,193,996 (ranked 19th); best finish, 2nd U.S Open and Greater Vancouver Open.
1999 PGA Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 16; top-10 finishes - 5; stroke average 69.98 (ranked 9th); money $2,077,950 (ranked 3rd); Winner AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am & U.S. Open