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Kevin Stadler wins Phoenix Open

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 3, 2014 at 2:30 am •  Published: February 3, 2014
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kevin Stadler used to tag along with father Craig at the Masters. This year, they'll be teeing it up together at Augusta National.

Kevin saw to that Sunday, winning the Phoenix Open for his first PGA Tour title.

Yes, "The Smallrus," who has grown up and out to match his father's listed 250 pounds, and "The Walrus" are set for the ultimate father-son golf trip.

"That was in the forefront of my mind," Kevin said. "He's obviously getting on in his career. ... He probably would have liked it better if I had gotten there five years ago so he can call it quits."

The Stadlers are the ninth father-son winners in tour history and will be the first to play in the same Masters.

"It's going to great for me because it's really my last one," said 60-year-old Craig, the 1982 Masters champion. "I kept saying, 'When he gets in, that's my last one.'"

Stadler won in his 239th tour start, avoiding a playoff when playing partner Bubba Watson missed a 5-foot par putt on 18.

"Little weird way to win a golf tournament," Stadler said. "I fully expected him to make the putt. I would have rather made mine to win it."

Stadler closed with a 3-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Watson and Canadian Graham DeLaet. Watson shot 71, and DeLaet had a 65.

"He beat me," Watson said. "He's a great player."

Kevin Stadler finished at 16-under 268 at TPC Scottsdale, his home course.

"I live two stoplights away," Stadler said. "Actually, one stoplight away."

After Stadler and Watson each saved par when they hit into the water on the par-5 15th, Stadler tied Watson for the lead with a par on the par-3 16th hole. Watson hit into the front left bunker on the stadium hole and his 6-footer missed to the left.

At the 347-yard 17th, they each drove the green and two-putted for birdie from 90 feet — Watson holing out from 18 feet and Stadler from 5.

On the par-4 18th, Stadler hit his 110-yard approach to the back right pin to 10 feet. Watson drove into the right rough and hammered his 120-yard second over the green.

Watson's shot from the trampled rough ran 5 feet past the hole. After Stadler missed his birdie try and tapped in for par, Watson's par try slid by the left side.

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