Perhaps Janzen was the player most aware of fate's arbitrary ways. His two U.S. Open victories, at Baltusrol in 1993 and Olympic in '98, came at the expense of Stewart, who was runner-up at both. Now Janzen was teamed with his friend's son, and the experience stirred up a lot of good feelings along with the sense of loss. "At Payne's memorial service," Janzen recalled, "everyone told a story like they were Payne's best friend. That was Payne. No matter who you were, he made you feel like he was your best friend."
Had there been a place for sentiment on the leader board, Janzen and Stewart might have won this year's Father-Son. As it was, they combined for a final-round 66 on Sunday and finished 14th. This time Stewart wore a bright-orange shirt at the insistence of his sister, Chelsea, a Clemson freshman, who had called him on Saturday night from school to grouse about his blue-man outfit. "I'm real proud of Aaron," Janzen said. "He got better and better as he went on. If I had played anywhere near the way I can, we would've had a shot."
The real news had come earlier in the week, when young Aaron confirmed that he will follow his father's example and take a crack at tournament golf. "I know it won't come easy," he said. "I've only been playing for three or four years, so I have a lot of catching up to do." He laughed. "I have to go back to school on Monday. That kind of sucks."
He sounded so much like his dad.