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1999 The Payne Stewart memorial statue at Pinehurst, scene of his second US Open victoryPayne Stewart, aged 42, dies in a plane accident when his chartered Learjet depressurised while flying from Orlando to Dallas on his way to the Tour Championship, causing all the occupants to die of hypoxia. The plane continued flying on autopilot for several hours until it ran out of fuel and crashed into a field in South Dakota. His death came just four months after Stewart won his second US Open, and a month after he helped the US regain the Ryder Cup at Brookline. In all, Stewart won three major championships (US Open 1991 & 1999, PGA 1989), and was famous for his dress style, and in particular his wearing of plus twos, but also for his demeanour on and off the golf course. The PGA Tour honoured his memory in 2000 with the creation of the Payne Stewart Award, which is made each year to a player who upholds the traditions of the game and charitable support in the community.

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