Golf Books Worth Reading: The Last Stand of Payne Stewart

By Ryan Watson

With many of us stuck home for the foreseeable future and with no golf, now is a great time to catch up on your reading. At GolfLink, we will be profiling some of the best golf-related books on the market. Starting this series off is the profile of the legendary Payne Stewart.

The Last Stand of Payne Stewart



Kevin Robbins’ wonderful The Last Stand of Payne Stewart examines Stewart’s life beyond his untimely death. The book focuses on Stewart’s time on the 1999 PGA Tour, the last season he played. It’s easy to forget in light of Stewart’s 1999 U.S. Open win and heroics at the Ryder Cup that Stewart was actually seen to be past his prime before the season started. Stewart was also not always beloved by the golf world, with some seeing his eccentric dress and play as braggadocious. What Robbins has done here through interviews with both Stewart’s intimate friends and family as well as his fellow competitors, is paint a sweeping picture of a complicated man whose life ended too soon. A great read for any golfer, but especially those who remember the tragedy of that October plane crash.

About the Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.