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From award-winning sports writer Kevin Robbins, discover the story of legendary golfer Payne Stewart, focusing on his last year in the PGA Tour in 1999, which tragically culminated in a fatal air disaster that transpired publicly on televisions across the country.

Forever remembered as one of the most dramatic storylines in the history of golf, Payne Stewart's legendary career was bookended by a dramatic comeback and a shocking, tragic end. Here, Robbins brings Stewart's story vividly to life.

Written off as a pompous showman past the prime of his career, Stewart emerged from a long slump in the unforgettable season of 1999 to capture the US Open and play on the victorious US Ryder Cup team. He appeared to be a new man that summer: wiser, deeper, and on the verge of a new level of greatness. Then his journey to redemption ended in October, when his chartered Learjet flew aimlessly for more than a thousand miles, ran out of fuel, and fell to earth in a prairie in South Dakota.

His death marked the end of an era, one made up of "shotmakers" who played the game with artistry, guile, finesse, and heart. Behind them were Tiger Woods, David Duval, Phil Mickelson, and other young players whose power and strength changed the PGA Tour forever. With exclusive access to Stewart's friends, family, and one-time colleagues, Kevin Robbins provides a long-overdue portrait of one of golf's greats in one of golf's greatest seasons. 

Winner of the USGA Herbert Warren Wind Book Award 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Kevin Robbins (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Compelling and well told." (Booklist)

"Kevin Robbins knows golf, and he has brought energy and verve to the task of unraveling Payne Stewart's enigmatic life. This is a wise and beautifully written book about the inner life and journey of a gifted athlete." (Wil Haygood, author of The Butler)

"Payne Stewart was the last of golf's great swingers. In The Last Stand, Kevin Robbins has captured the man's game and style and too-short life for eternity." (Michael Bamberger, author of Men in Green)

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Wonderful

Thoroughly enjoyed this story. Payne Stewart’s amazing journey as a golfer and a man is brought to life in this beautiful tribute. Narration was excellent too.

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wonderful

must read for anyone who loves golf and remembers the game before during and after the 1990's...

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Wonderfully told story of life, golf and redemption

Kevin Robbins does a beautiful job providing insights into the life and times of Payne Stewart. As a golf lover of the same vintage, I would highly suggest this book to anyone who has ever played the game. Well done.

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Inspiring

Just the right balance of golf and personal life story, very enjoyable for any sports fan.

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  • 11-21-19

Must Read for golf fans!

totally enjoyed this story of Payne Stewart and his life in the game of golf. into in 20 years the plane crash has become a staple on "aircraft disasters" but it was much more interesting to hear about the man's life.

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great golf book

I read a lot of golf books. this is one of my all time favorites. a must read for all golf fans.

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  • James D
  • 11-23-20

lovely recount of his life.

Really enjoyed it. Very sad, but great to know how his career developed and how he changed throughout his life.

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  • mr john j
  • 03-28-20

Real golfers must

Poinyent, sympathetic reflection of a driven desire to achieve, and the redemption of a man who improves as a sportsman and a person. Flawed but not heartless, honest and true , with flaws like us all.

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  • David
  • 10-29-19

Timely reminisce of Payne's life

A great book reminiscing Paynes life and changing times in golf. 20 years have gone by but the resurgence of Payne and his changing character was a joy to relive.

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  • ben
  • 02-06-20

Well worth the listen

A great story of Payne Stewart, highly recommend for any golfer or non golfer keen to hear about him