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Sporting apparel that honored the hometown Chicago Bears, Stewart amazingly made up five shots in the final three holes at Kemper Lakes.
the long Kemper Lakes layout ( 7,217 yards, par 72) with aplomb despite averaging a meager 245 yards off the tee. Reid, who would gain a measure of redemption in 2005 by capturing the Senior PGA Championship, led after each of the first three rounds and was still three ahead standing on the 16th tee while Stewart was putting out at the 18th.
Masters: Nick Faldo
U.S. Open: Curtis Strange
British Open: Mark Calcavecchia Senior PGA Championship: Larry
Ryder Cup: Tied (U.S. vs. Europe) World Series: Oakland Athletics over
San Francisco Giants
Super Bowl: San Francisco 49ers over Cincinnati Bengals
NBA Finals: Detroit Pistons over L.A.
Stanley Cup Finals: Calgary Flames over Montreal Canadiens
NCAA Basketball: Michigan over Seton Hall
Other 1989 champions
NCAA Football: Miami, Fla.
Daytona 500: Darrell Waltrip
ALSO IN 1989
U.S. President: George H. W. Bush
Median household income (current
Cost of a first-class stamp: 25 cents
The fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989
“Look Away” by Chicago is the No. 1
song on the Billboard Top 100
Tim Burton’s “Batman” is the No. 1
grossing film earning more the
“It was Mike Reid’s to win or lose,” Strange said. “We all thought we were sort of playing for second, but Payne put up a number.”
Stewart closed his magnificent round by sinking a 12-footer for birdie to get in the house at 12 under. Meanwhile, Reid drove into the water on the way to a bogey at 16, then flubbed a chip at 17 and compounded his error with a three-putt for a double bogey to fall one behind. His seven-foot birdie at the last to tie Stewart went askance.
Counting an 18-foot birdie at the 489- yard par- 4 16th, the hardest hole on the course, Stewart made up five shots in the last three holes. Strange, the two-time reigning U.S. Open champion, shot 69, while Bean fired a 66 to tie Reid at 277. Reid, who also let a final-round lead at the Masters slip away earlier in the year, closed with a 74.
“The Russians must have been transmitting, because my radar got zapped,” a tearful Reid said at the time, attempting a bit of Cold War era gallows humor.
Speaking of crossed wires, Stewart, who won the 1991 U.S. Open — here at Hazeltine National Golf Club, which dedicated the Payne Stewart Bridge on the 16th hole in 2002 in his honor — and ’99 U.S. Open among his 11 PGA Tour titles, managed to get the most out of his game despite the fact that later in his life he discovered that he suffered from Attention Deficit Disorder. He finished second 25 times in his career, but became much more disciplined on the golf course after working with psychologist Dr. Richard Coop.
“I sometimes got distracted easily and allowed my mind to wander when I needed to be focused,” Stewart told Golf Digest. “It’s quite subtle, really, and just being aware of it helps.”
But Stewart was aware of more about himself than he was given credit for.