sneaked in unnoticed to finish second in the 1985
British Open at Royal St George's. Starting the
final round six strokes off the pace, Stewart
carded a joint best-of-day 68 (2-under- par) to
finish one shot behind champion Sandy Lyle. It
was his first top-3 performance in a major
championship. At that point in his career,
Stewart had only won two US Tour events, but it
was this performance in Kent that marked him down
as a potential major star of the future.
professional in 1979, Stewart failed to win his
US Tour player's card at the qualifying school in
the autumn of that year. So he headed off to Asia
to learn his trade there. His time in the far
east yielded victories in the Indian and
Indonesian Opens, both in 1981. While competing
on the Asian circuit he met and married his
Australian wife Tracey. A more experienced
Stewart returned to the States in 1981 when he
was successful in earning his US Tour card.
Stewart, two times a major championship winner.