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PUTTING ON THE STYLE
E.M. Swift
August 21, 1989
The beknickered Payne Stewart made up five strokes in the final three holes to win the PGA Championship
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August 21, 1989

Putting On The Style

The beknickered Payne Stewart made up five strokes in the final three holes to win the PGA Championship

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Play was halted because of the lightning at 6:20 p.m., with 39 players left on the course and the final threesome—Reid, Thompson and Craig Stadler—having finished only nine holes. The third round was completed on Sunday morning and the final 18 in the afternoon. Reid, tapping his drives down the middle and saving pars with a succession of nervy putts, held firm, while several players made runs at him. Only Curtis Strange hung tough, cutting the lead to one stroke with a birdie on 10 to move to 11 under. But Reid answered with birdies on 10 and 11 to get to 14 under, which is where he stood on the 16th hole, the PGA his to lose.

And that's exactly what he did. First, after he had avoided every water hazard all week, he pushed his drive into the water on the 469-yard 16th. At about the same time, Stewart birdied the 18th hole to move to 12 under par. Reid kept his lead, though, by dropping a 10-foot putt for a bogey, and now he needed only to par the last two holes to win. But on the par-3 17th hole, while Stewart looked on from the tent, Reid fluffed an easy chip shot and. for the first time in 71 holes, three-putted, lipping out a two-foot tap-in.

After that double bogey 5, Reid needed a birdie on 18 to tie Stewart, but redemption eluded him when he pulled a seven-foot putt left of the cup to finish with a 74. Shaken and emotionally drained, Reid had one joke left when asked if he was aware that Stewart was dressed in the colors of Chicago's beloved Bears. "Yeah, and I'm supposed to be wearing a Cubs uniform, right?" said Reid. "No way. They're not going to do what I did this year."

Cub fans can only hope.

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