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Remembering Payne Stewart As U.S. Open Begins

A statue of Payne Stewart is next to the 18th green at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C., where the 114th U.S. Open is taking place this week. Stewart won the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst and struck this pose after clinching the win. (John Mummert/USGA)
A statue of Payne Stewart is next to the 18th green at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C., where the 114th U.S. Open is taking place this week. Stewart won the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst and struck this pose after clinching the win. (John Mummert/USGA)

Many of the best golfers in the world are in Pinehurst, North Carolina, today for the start of the U.S. Open. The match will played on the recently restored course Pinehurst No. 2.

Fifteen years ago, a golfer named Payne Stewart won the tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., but died in a plane crash just four months later.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Jeff Tiberii of WUNC reports from Pinehurst.

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