This iconic tournament trinket, up for bid, is a Cool Golf Thing

Own a piece of bittersweet golf history.
Golf buffs can bid on a one-of-a-kind artifact from Payne Stewart's 1999 U.S. Open win, made all the more poignant by his tragic death four months later.

More than any other, 1999 stands out as a year of specific, formative golf memories for me. In June, Payne Stewart's U.S. Open win electrified me. Even though, as a 9-year-old left-handed golfer, I was mainly rooting for Phil Mickelson, Stewart's 72nd-hole heroics won me over. I was devastated when he died tragically just four months later.

Stewart's engaging personality and sartorial flair won him many admirers who still carry a great deal of affection for him to this day. That's why it's significant news that several personal effects of Stewart's are up for auction this weekend at

The most noteworthy of these items, by far, is current Lot #1: Stewart's 1999 U.S. Open Contestant's badge. It is one of several Stewart-related items his widow, Tracey, has recently made available.

Other items in "The Payne Stewart Collection" include Stewart's contestant badges from the 1989 PGA Championship (his first major triumph) and the 1998 U.S. Open (where Stewart was runner-up to Lee Janzen), as well as a 56-degree Titleist wedge he used and some crystal he won from eagles he made at the Masters during his career.

"I am pleased to share these items as a reminder of how much Payne enjoyed golf, but even more, how much he enjoyed people," Tracey Stewart said in a statement that accompanies the lot. "I hope these will become treasured mementos that will inspire and encourage people the way Payne did in his life."

As of press time, the badge has received 15 bids, up to $13,456 from an initial starting bid of $1,500. If you want to get in the running for this piece of golf history, you have until 9:00 am ET on Sunday, March 14.

March 22, 2019
300 words or less, every Friday.

Tim Gavrich is a Senior Writer for GolfPass. Follow him on Twitter @TimGavrich and on Instagram @TimGavrich.
More from the author
4 Min Read
October 18, 2021
Slight cooling of Pacific Ocean waters increases likelihood of abnormal weather in major golf destinations.
1 Min Read
October 15, 2021
As if golf wasn't already tough enough...
4 Min Read
October 14, 2021
More brands than ever want to help you look good, feel comfortable and spend wisely on your trousers.
4 Min Read
October 14, 2021
Comfort stations have become the new norm at exclusive private clubs like The Summit, which makes its PGA Tour debut this weekend.
4 Min Read
October 12, 2021
Golf course news and notes: October, 2021.
6 Min Read
October 11, 2021
The Grand Strand remains strong as an overall destination, but fond memories endure at these no-longer-existent links.
7 Min Read
October 7, 2021
We found the 10 cities where it's easiest to score a tee time.
2 Min Read
September 21, 2021
Bernhard Langer recalls the turning point that led to a European wave at the Ryder Cup matches
1 Min Read
October 18, 2021
Golf can feel cruel when the ball hangs on the lip of the hole. It's even more so when a penalty's involved.
3 Min Read
October 7, 2021
Recent releases run the gamut from irons to apps.
Load More
Now Reading
This iconic tournament trinket, up for bid, is a Cool Golf Thing