Here are all the special ways the USGA is honoring Payne Stewart at Pinehurst

June 16, 2024

PINEHURST, N.C. — It was 25 years ago that Payne Stewart pulled out his iconic U.S. Open victory at Pinehurst No. 2. His memory has been present among fans and players throughout the week—third-round leader Bryson DeChambeau has carried a Tam O’Shanter style hat reminiscent of the one Stewart wore—and during the final round on Sunday, the USGA will incorporate a few details to remember Stewart and honor his incredible legacy.

“We’re really proud to be here in 2024 and celebrate the 25th anniversary of Payne Stewart’s iconic victory here. What a memory that was,” John Bodenhamer, USGA Chief Champions Officer, said in a press conference on Wednesday.

Among the tributes will be a special flag featuring Stewart’s silhouette used on the flagsticks around the course. A special mesh fencing will also be used around the amphitheater on the 18th hole.

And the hole location on 18 will be in the same spot it was on Sunday in 1999, when Stewart holed his legendary putt to secure the championship. It was his second U.S. Open victory and his third major title, and sadly his last win before his tragic death that October in a plane accident.

Throughout the week the USGA has incorporated a few details for fans and players to celebrate Stewart and keep his memory alive. The famed Stewart statute that ordinary sits in the back of the 18th hole has been move the fan central location where thousands of spectators enter and exit each day, allowing them to take pictures. And fans that attend Sunday’s final round will also receive a silver 25th anniversary pin that features Stewart’s famed pose.