The Champions Tour just posted a really good Q&A with Paul Goydos, who has a terrific story about Payne Stewart:
Q. What do you remember most about playing your first PGA TOUR event?
Paul Goydos: I remember getting to the range on whatever day it was, Monday or something, and I’m hitting balls and there’s this guy next to me, real thin blonde guy next to me hitting balls, just swinging it unbelievable and hitting these rockets. I kind of looked at him. I don’t even know who this guy is. I haven’t seen this guy before, 6-foot-2, thin blonde guy and he’s hitting balls. He’s got a little bag over here. I’m going, “Holy cow, this guy’s some kind of Open qualifier.” This guy’s hitting it great. Turns out he didn’t have his knickers on and it was Payne Stewart. When I found out it was Payne Stewart, I’m like all right, I’m all right with him hitting the ball a lot better than me.
That’s why we posted the video above of Payne’s iconic swing on the 17th hole of Pinehurst No. 2 during the final round of the 1999 U.S. Open. What a swing.
And one more thing – watch that video with the sound ON. Listen to the flush at impact.