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Stewarts Wins Dramatic U.S. Open

June 20, 1999

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) _ No one can ever say Payne Stewart doesn’t know how to close out a U.S. Open.

Motivated by past failures, haunted by bizarre breaks that always seemed to go the other way, Stewart made a 20-foot par putt on the 18th hole Sunday at storied Pinehurst No. 2 to win the U.S. Open by one stroke over Phil Mickelson.

In the most dramatic U.S. Open of the decade, Stewart showed the mettle and patience required of its champion. One stroke behind with three holes to play, he made a 25-foot putt for par to catch Mickelson, a 5-foot birdie putt on the 17th to take the lead, and then his 24th putt of the day to win the Open.

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