Stadlers on opposite ends of Masters' scoreboard

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm •  Published: April 10, 2014
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The first father and son to play in the same Masters ended up on opposite ends of the scoreboard Thursday.

Father Craig Stadler shot 10-over 82 in the opening round and has work to do to make the cut Friday. Kevin, who teed off 40 minutes early in his first Masters, had a much more enjoyable round. Kevin shot 2-under 70 and was near the top of the leaderboard.

"I played like a moron," said Craig, who is exempt for life for winning the 1982 Masters. "I actually hit a lot of decent shots. I just three-putted five or six times or missed a green and made bogey, and it added up to a heck of a lot. It was ugly."

Craig didn't get a chance to see his son hit a single shot. Barring a huge turnaround, dad will get to see plenty of Kevin's game this weekend.

"I'll take 2 under all day, every day, for the rest of my life," Kevin said.

— Mark Long, https://twitter.com/APMarkLong

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EATING ALONE: The biggest disappointment of the week might belong to Casey Nicklaus.

She's the 18-year-old granddaughter of six-time champion Jack Nicklaus. She caddied for him in the Par 3 tournament and was on the first tee when he hit the ceremonial opening tee shot. Sounds like a pretty cool week, right?

Except that she was on her own for dinner Tuesday night.

On the flight up to Augusta, the teen had heard that Adam Scott would host the Champions Dinner that her grandfather has attended every year since 1964.

"She was on the airplane. She said, 'Oh, we're having dinner with Adam Scott tonight,'" Nicklaus said.

The dinner is only for Masters champions and club chairman Billy Payne.

"That was the only disappointing thing for her is she didn't get to have dinner with Adam," Nicklaus said. "I don't know whether her boyfriend liked that comment."

— Doug Ferguson, https://twitter.com//dougferguson405

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BLIXT'S BEST: Jonas Blixt gave the Masters an international presence on the leaderboard for most of the opening round.

The Swede was in the third group off the tee Thursday morning and shot a 2-under 70 at Augusta National.

"I just need to play smart and aggressive," said Blixt, a Masters rookie who now lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. "Augusta, the thing is you never know what's going to happen tomorrow. I feel like I can shoot really low out here, and I really like the golf course the way it sets up. But you could have a really awful day when you catch all the bad breaks."

Blixt is one of 52 international players from 17 countries in the Masters.

The tournament record for international players was set in 2009, when 55 players from 22 countries participated.

— Mark Long

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NIKE OUTLOOK: Nike chairman Phil Knight has high hopes for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

His optimism has everything to do having the swoosh on the host country's famed soccer team.

Knight agreed to answer one question when approached by two reporters at the Masters on Thursday, and the upcoming World Cup was atop the list.

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