Payne Stewart, an All-American golfer at SMU, was the SWC individual co-champion along with Houston's Fred Couples in 1979. Stewart won 11 times on the PGA Tour and also had 7 international victories. Three of those victories were majors - the PGA Championship in 1989 and the U.S. Open in 1991 and 1999. Stewart, who was easily identified on the tour wearing his trademark knickers, played some of his best golf in Texas winning the 1995 Shell Houston Open and the 1990 GTE Byron Nelson Classic. He also played on 5 U.S. Ryder Cup Teams (1987, 1989,1991, 1993 and 1999). Tragically, he was killed in a plane crash in 1999. Stewart was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

Payne Stewart

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