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When his life came to a sudden and tragic end on October 25, 1999, Payne Stewart was at the top of his game on every level. In June of 1999, he enjoyed the signature triumph of his career and solidified himself as one of the exemplary personalities in his profession with a victory at the U.S. Open and a place on the coveted winning U.S. Ryder Cup team. However satisfying h When his life came to a sudden and tragic end on October 25, 1999, Payne Stewart was at the top of his game on every level. In June of 1999, he enjoyed the signature triumph of his career and solidified himself as one of the exemplary personalities in his profession with a victory at the U.S. Open and a place on the coveted winning U.S. Ryder Cup team. However satisfying his professional accomplishments were, it was his personal triumphs that made him stand out. Those closest to Stewart said his family and faith were what mattered most to him. At his funeral, his wife Tracey described him as a devoted husband and father and a devout Christian. She said, “After 18 years of marriage, he was still the most beautiful man I had ever seen, because of what he was on the inside.” The only authorized biography of Payne Stewart, this book was a 'New York Times' bestseller for 13 consecutive weeks.


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When his life came to a sudden and tragic end on October 25, 1999, Payne Stewart was at the top of his game on every level. In June of 1999, he enjoyed the signature triumph of his career and solidified himself as one of the exemplary personalities in his profession with a victory at the U.S. Open and a place on the coveted winning U.S. Ryder Cup team. However satisfying h When his life came to a sudden and tragic end on October 25, 1999, Payne Stewart was at the top of his game on every level. In June of 1999, he enjoyed the signature triumph of his career and solidified himself as one of the exemplary personalities in his profession with a victory at the U.S. Open and a place on the coveted winning U.S. Ryder Cup team. However satisfying his professional accomplishments were, it was his personal triumphs that made him stand out. Those closest to Stewart said his family and faith were what mattered most to him. At his funeral, his wife Tracey described him as a devoted husband and father and a devout Christian. She said, “After 18 years of marriage, he was still the most beautiful man I had ever seen, because of what he was on the inside.” The only authorized biography of Payne Stewart, this book was a 'New York Times' bestseller for 13 consecutive weeks.

30 review for Payne Stewart: The Authorized Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alec Velasco

    This book was a biography of Payne Stewart. Payne Stewart is one of the best and most famous gilders who ever played the game. He was especially known for his golf apparel. He would wear a "tam'O shatter hat," with checkered knickers, and a sweater. Although he was famous for his dress, he was more famous for his golf game and good character. Payne won three major championships in his shortened golf career. They were the U.S Open twice and the PGA Championship. His most memorable win was the 199 This book was a biography of Payne Stewart. Payne Stewart is one of the best and most famous gilders who ever played the game. He was especially known for his golf apparel. He would wear a "tam'O shatter hat," with checkered knickers, and a sweater. Although he was famous for his dress, he was more famous for his golf game and good character. Payne won three major championships in his shortened golf career. They were the U.S Open twice and the PGA Championship. His most memorable win was the 1999 U.S Open. Shortly after this, Payne died in a plane crash. I really liked this book because it deeply described his life and didn't leave out details. I really liked how it included pictures. This method helps visualize what is being wrote. Payne is one of my favorite golfers because he was an amazing player, but not only that he was a Christian with good character. His wife said, "After 18 years of marriage, he was still the most beautiful man I had ever seen, because of what he was on the inside.” This says a lot about who he was, because most famous athletes do not have a good inside. They are very self centered, but Payne is not. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of sports. It is also a must read for anyone who likes the game of golf. This book is a classic for any golfers or sports fans. If you don't like sports, than this book is not for you.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Todd Miles

    This was hardly a page-turner, but was interesting for golf fans and those who enjoyed watching Payne Stewart play (like me - the 1999 US Open was the most gripping gold tourney I have ever watched). The writing was not sensational, but it was readable. The strength of the book was the record of the day-to-day activities of PGA golfers and the kind of life they lead. More information on his childhood would have been interesting (how much did he play and practice as a youngster?) - though this is This was hardly a page-turner, but was interesting for golf fans and those who enjoyed watching Payne Stewart play (like me - the 1999 US Open was the most gripping gold tourney I have ever watched). The writing was not sensational, but it was readable. The strength of the book was the record of the day-to-day activities of PGA golfers and the kind of life they lead. More information on his childhood would have been interesting (how much did he play and practice as a youngster?) - though this is a forgivable mistake since it was his wife who wrote the book. I was surprised and a little disappointed in the lack of the gospel in the book. Broadman & Holman, an evangelical company, published the book, so I expected better. The buildup throughout the book was about Stewart's devotion to Christ, particularly near the end of his life, yet there was really no mention of conversion or repentance. The closest thing to an explanation of the gospel came in Paul Azinger's eulogy at Stewart's memorial. One could read the book and think that the substance of Christianity is being a good dad, a good husband, and trying to be a better person - all good things, but ultimately impossible without the gospel. But his zeal for Christ was evidently real and he was on the path of discipleship. It seems he died before he could walk too far down that path.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Good read, I am not a golfer, I do enjoy watching a golf game every now and then, so to read a book about a golfer was going to be a new experience. When I was younger I remember vaguely seeing Payne Stewart on occasion. He was a few years younger than me, but I do remember the fateful day of his passing. The book is a very good read and one that I would recommend reading for anyone who likes to read Biographies and Autobiographies.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Slotto

    Enjoyable read, especially for those who are into golf. My guess would be that others would be bored with some of the details of Payne's important tournaments. Good character development with a balance between strengths and weaknesses, giving a rounded portrait of this PGA pro. Tracey Stewart's ghost writer acquited her story well.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dj Wells

    A wonderful biography of a man who tragically lost his life in an unbelievable accident. Born in Missouri and a lover of the game of golf from childhood, Payne grew up to realize his goal of competing as a PGA Professional and winning the PGA Championship and US Open in his career. A dedicated Christian husband and father, the story brings a tear to the eye.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

    My all-time favorite golfer, and one of my favorite sports figures ever. I Use to wear knickers, argyle socks, and the funny golf hat just to be like him.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    If you even halfway enjoyed Payne Stewart as a golfer, read this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    Very good account of his life and faith journey. I appreciate his witness to this day.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    About a golfer with ADHD

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Christy

    No words What a man, what a life.....what a tragedy. I remember a lot of those events.....such a loss to sports and golf

  11. 4 out of 5

    Billy

    Very impact full story about a great man

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    I read this because my uncle was Payne's good friend and there are pics of them in this book. However....his story was inspiring when I was not expecting it to be. Good read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rendier

    Not earth shattering, but still an interesting look at the life of a PGA tour golfer.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    Its good.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Travis Blayton

    The unbelievable life of the late and great Payne Stewart.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Good read,

  17. 4 out of 5

    Len Knighton

    Payne Stewart was perhaps best known as the pro golfer who, in the late 20th Century, wore knickers. He was also a fine golfer, winner of three majors, including twice the U.S. Open championship. He, along with some of his friends, was killed in a plane crash in 1999. Stewart's widow is the author of this book and for the most part I think she tries to paint a balanced picture of her husband. Payne Stewart was not without his flaws. His "foot in mouth" comments often put him in trouble with the Payne Stewart was perhaps best known as the pro golfer who, in the late 20th Century, wore knickers. He was also a fine golfer, winner of three majors, including twice the U.S. Open championship. He, along with some of his friends, was killed in a plane crash in 1999. Stewart's widow is the author of this book and for the most part I think she tries to paint a balanced picture of her husband. Payne Stewart was not without his flaws. His "foot in mouth" comments often put him in trouble with the press and media. In one instance, however, in her efforts to defend her husband's honor, Mrs. Stewart, in my opinion, misinterpreted a newspaper headline, based on Payne's comments, that allegedly called Payne a racist. I have often said that one does not read a book in a vacuum. Our feelings about a book are often colored by situations we may be in at the time of the reading or life experiences. In this case, Mrs. Stewart's comments about Bill Stewart, Payne's father, rubbed me the wrong way. Bill Stewart was the driving force behind his son's career choice and, some may say, his success. Bill Stewart did not like the future Tracey Stewart, believing that she would be an unneeded distraction. Indeed, I believe one could say that there was abuse from father to son. Yet Tracey lauds Bill for his influence with Payne. I read of a similar case with an athlete while I was reading this book and I have seen too many cases of parental abuse like this. The child may become a great athlete but is often a lousy person. I have no doubt that Tracey helped Payne overcome his father's abuse. Three stars waxing

  18. 5 out of 5

    A J KELLY

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joe

  21. 4 out of 5

    Criss

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Fox

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bart Jones

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tim Cecil

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jacque

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Disanto

  27. 4 out of 5

    Traca

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Kavumbura

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Eagleburger

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