This week’s Sculpture Saturday features Zenos Frudakis’ bronze statue of Payne Stewart’s iconic reaction to sinking a 15-foot par putt on the last hole to win the 1999 U.S. Open on the Pinehurst No. 2 golf course.
The statue is located in front of the Pinehurst No. 2 clubhouse 50 yards from the 18th green where Stewart sank the dramatic putt to win by one shot over Phil Mickelson. Tragically, four months later Stewart and all five others onboard a chartered Learjet 35 died of hypoxia when the plane suddenly lost cabin pressure. The jet crashed hours later after running out of fuel.