Originally aired on: Golf Channel
Commemorating the life of one of golf’s legendary figures — Payne Stewart — NBC and Golf Channel present a one-hour film, “Payne,” which aired originally to mark the 15th anniversary of the late Stewart’s U.S. Open victory at Pinehurst. Delving into his enduring legacy, “Payne” showcases Stewart’s journey into becoming not only one of the game’s most-beloved players on the golf course, but also a dedicated family man, entertainer, jokester and golf fashion icon with his signature plus-fours and tam-o’-shanter caps.
In 1999, Stewart experienced great success with winning the U.S. Open at Pinehurst and being a part of the U.S. team’s dramatic come-from-behind Ryder Cup victory in Brookline, Mass. But all of that came to a tragic end with a plane accident that took his life in October 1999. “Payne” features interviews with Stewart’s family, friends and fellow competitors to capture the spirit Stewart exuded.
Payne is produced and directed by 15-time Emmy Award winner Peter Franchella, who was a cameraman for NBC Sports’ coverage of the 1999 U.S. Open and followed the final pairing of Stewart and Phil Mickelson. Co-producing and editing Payne is two-time Emmy Award winner Matt O’Connor. Payne is written by 11-time Emmy Award and Peabody Award winner Al Szymanski, whose body of work has earned him Emmy Award wins for Outstanding Documentary and Outstanding Edited Sports Series/Anthology. Frederick “Fritz” Mitchell, a recipient of seven Emmy Awards and three Peabody Awards, also is contributing to the project.