Join us on Friday, November 8th at 6:30pm for an evening conversation with sports journalist Kevin Robbins and Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee! Kevin will be discussing and signing his newest book, The Last Stand of Payne Stewart.
Stewart is 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 U.S. Open and play on the victorious U.S. 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 onetime colleagues, Kevin Robbins provides a long-overdue portrait of one of golf's greats in one of golf's greatest seasons.
About the author: Kevin Robbins is an award-winning veteran sports writer and the author of Harvey Penick, co-winner of the 2017 Herbert Warren Wind International Book Award. He has written for The New York Times, Texas Monthly, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Austin American-Statesman, The Memphis Commercial Appeal, Golf.com, and Golf Journal. He teaches journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.
About Brandel Chamblee: Brandel Chamblee is a former American professional golfer, commentator, and writer. Currently, Chamblee serves as lead analyst for the network’s PGA TOUR coverage and also as a studio analyst for “Golf Central,” “Golf Central Pre Game” and the network’s “Live From” telecasts during majors weeks. A father of three, Chamblee lives in Scottsdale, Ariz. where he represents the Scottsdale Visitors Bureau and writes a monthly column for Golf Magazine.