It was a long time coming, almost too long for Craig Stadler, but his son's PGA Tour breakthrough victory at the Phoenix Open on Sunday has set up a unique family affair for them at this year's Masters.
It was a long time coming, almost too long for Craig Stadler, but his son’s PGA Tour breakthrough victory at the Phoenix Open on Sunday has set up a unique family affair for them at this year’s Masters.
Kevin Stadler’s one-shot victory at the TPC Scottsdale earned him his first spot in the opening major of the season at Augusta National, where he and his father will become the first father-son combination to compete together.
Craig Stadler, who won the 1982 Masters along with 12 other titles on the PGA Tour, was affectionately nicknamed “The Walrus” because of his portly build and fulsome moustache, and his son also is burly in stature.
Kevin, popularly known on the PGA Tour as “The Smallrus”, relishes the prospect of competing in his first Masters along with his father.
“That was in the forefront of my mind,” the younger Stadler said. “He’s obviously getting on in his career. He probably would have liked it better if I had gotten there five years ago or so. He’s been telling me for a couple of years I need to hurry up and get there before he calls it quits."