20 years after fatal plane crash, Payne Stewart still evokes classic golf memories

“Payne’s style wouldn’t have worked if he had a short, choppy, gross-looking swing,” said Paul Azinger, among his closest friends. “He had that long, fluid, rhythmic motion that everybody admired. You would watch Payne on TV, and then when the tournament’s over, you would run outside to try to imitate it. Payne was one of those guys who developed a rhythm for the viewer, and they’ve never forgotten it.”