On October 25, 1999 Payne Stewart was one of six people killed when a Lear jet traveling from Orlando, Fla., to Texas depressurized and crashed.
Stewart was the reigning U.S. Open champion and one month removed from helping the U.S. to victory in the Ryder Cup. He was 42 and left behind a wife, Tracey, daughter, Chelsea, and son, Aaron.
One of golf’s most charismatic figures, Stewart won 11 times on the PGA Tour, including three majors (’89 PGA, ’91 U.S. Open, ’99 U.S. Open). He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001.
Take a look back at Stewart’s career in this Through the Years gallery. Click here or on the image below: