The Interviews They'd Like Back

Bad jokes, snubs, and moments of brutal honesty from throughout golf history that have merited a mulligan

Payne Stewart

Payne Stewart, 1999

The late Stewart was always known as a classy player and opponent, but unfortunately, one of his last public moments was also one of his most lamentable. During a rain delay in what would turn out to be his last tournament, Stewart answered a question in a mock Chinese accent, apparently as a jab to a British Golf commentator Peter Alliss, who had said "Americans are totally different from us. They might as well be Chinese." He apologized after it became a national story. Little did anyone know that just several days later, it would be his tragic plane crash that would grab all the headlines.
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