Ever dreamed of owning an iconic piece of golf history from a PGA Tour Hall of Famer? Well, now’s your chance. Payne Stewart‘s family will auction off more than 200 items from the golf legend’s personal collection, including his player’s badge from the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
Some fans are delighted to have a chance to own a piece of golf history, but others have a sour taste in their mouths considering Stewart isn’t alive to sign off on selling his most beloved memorabilia.
Payne Stewart’s Hall-of-Fame golf career
When you think of the most memorable images in PGA Tour history, Payne Stewart’s fist pump after sinking the winning putt in the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst is surely near the top of the list. Stewart’s iconic pose will be remembered forever with a lifesize statue located just a few steps off the 18th green.
But Stewart was more than just a single fist pump. Over the course of his legendary golf career, Stewart won 11 PGA Tour events and three major championships. He secured his first major at the 1989 PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes, won the U.S. Open at Hazeltine two years later, and etched his name into the golf history books with his thrilling win at the 1999 U.S. Open.
Stewart was also a Ryder Cup hero for the United States. He went 8-9-1 in five Ryder Cup appearances, and the U.S. went 3-1-1 in the events he played.
Aside from his golfing prowess, Stewart was a fan-favorite on the PGA Tour because of his unique style. Stewart always donned his patented flat cap, patterned plus-fours, and high socks, all complete with unique, bright color combinations.
Now, you can own some of those iconic outfits yourself.
Payne Stewart’s family to auction off his collection of golf memorabilia
Ever since Stewart’s tragic death in 1999, his personal collection of golf artifacts has been collecting dust in his family’s home. But they can soon be yours.
Tracey Stewart, Payne’s widow, is auctioning off more than 200 items from his collection of golf memorabilia through The Golf Auction. Everything from Stewart’s 1999 contestant’s badge from his win at Pinehurst, clubs he used during his PGA Tour career, and even some pieces of his iconic outfits are available for bidding.
The items from Stewart’s collection will be available from now until March 14.
“Over the years so many people have reached out to share how much Payne impacted their lives or the lived of their loved ones,” Tracey said in a statement. “I am pleased to share these items as a reminder of how much Payne enjoyed golf, but even more, how much he enjoyed people. I hope these will become treasured mementos that will inspire and encourage people in the same way Payne lived his life.”
Is it fair for Payne Stewart’s family to auction off his prized possessions?
Most golf fans were thrilled to learn they could own a piece of golf history by bidding on Payne Stewart’s most prized possessions, but it does raise questions about Stewart’s family. The Hall of Famer isn’t around to sign off on selling his most beloved memorabilia, but his family is going through with it anyway.
However, it’s possible Stewart would’ve loved to share his historic career with the fans who idolized him, and no one would know that better than his widow, Tracey.