Craig Stadler

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Craig Stadler
— Golfer —
Craig Stadler at 2009 JELD-WEN Tradition.jpg
Stadler at the 2009 JELD-WEN Tradition.
Personal information
Full name Craig Robert Stadler
Nickname The Walrus
Born (1953-06-02) June 2, 1953 (age 60)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 250 lb (110 kg; 18 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Denver, Colorado
Spouse Jan Zumbrunnen
Children Kevin, Chris
Career
College University of Southern California
Turned professional 1976
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 30
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 13
European Tour 2
Japan Golf Tour 1
Champions Tour 9
Other 5
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament Won: 1982
U.S. Open T8: 1990
The Open Championship T6: 1980
PGA Championship 6th: 1978
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1982

Craig Robert Stadler (born June 2, 1953) is an American professional golfer who has won numerous tournaments at both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour level.

Stadler was born in San Diego[1] His father started him in golf at age four,[2] and he displayed a talent for golf early in life. Stadler attended La Jolla High School. He won the 1973 U.S. Amateur, while attending the University of Southern California, where he was a teammate of future PGA Tour winners Mark Pfeil and Scott Simpson. Stadler was an All-American all four years – first-team his sophomore and junior years; second-team his freshman and senior years.[3] Stadler finished college in 1975 and turned professional in 1976.[1]

Stadler won his first two PGA Tour events in 1980, at the Bob Hope Desert Classic and the Greater Greensboro Open. His career year was 1982 when he won four PGA Tour events including The Masters after a playoff with Dan Pohl. Stadler won the B.C. Open in 2003, becoming the first player over age 50 to win a PGA Tour event in 28 years. He won 13 PGA Tour events in all, and played on the 1983 and 1985 Ryder Cup teams.[2]

Stadler began playing on the Champions Tour upon becoming eligible in June 2003. His greatest successes came during his first two years of eligibility; he was the leading money winner in his first full year on that tour in 2004. Stadler underwent total left-hip-replacement surgery in Los Angeles on September 15, 2010, which limited his playing time going forward.[2]

Very popular with the galleries, Stadler is affectionately called "The Walrus" for his portly build and ample mustache. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado. His son Kevin is also a PGA Tour champion.[2] His brother Gary Stadler is a Billboard-charting recording artist.[4]

Stadler announced that the 2014 Masters Tournament, his 38th and in which he played with Kevin, was his last.

Professional wins (30)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (13)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jan 13, 1980 Bob Hope Desert Classic −17 (69-68-70-69-67=343) 2 strokes United States Tom Purtzer, United States Mike Sullivan
2 Apr 6, 1980 Greater Greensboro Open −13 (67-69-71-68=275) 6 strokes United States George Burns, United States Billy Kratzert,
Australia Jack Newton
3 May 31, 1981 Kemper Open −18 (67-69-66-68=270) 6 strokes United States Tom Watson, United States Tom Weiskopf
4 Jan 10, 1982 Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open −14 (65-64-66-71=266) 3 strokes United States Vance Heafner
5 Apr 11, 1982 Masters Tournament −4 (75-69-67-73=284) Playoff United States Dan Pohl
6 Jun 6, 1982 Kemper Open −13 (72-67-67-69=275) 7 strokes Spain Seve Ballesteros
7 Aug 29, 1982 World Series of Golf −2 (70-68-75-65=278) Playoff United States Raymond Floyd
8 May 13, 1984 Byron Nelson Golf Classic −8 (70-71-64-71=276) 1 stroke United States David Edwards
9 Nov 3, 1991 The Tour Championship −7 (66-68-72-71=277) Playoff United States Russ Cochran
10 Aug 30, 1992 NEC World Series of Golf −7 (69-65-69-70=273) 1 stroke United States Corey Pavin
11 Feb 27, 1994 Buick Invitational of California −20 (67-67-68-66=268) 1 stroke United States Steve Lowery
12 Feb 25, 1996 Nissan Open −6 (67-70-73-68=278) 1 stroke United States Mark Brooks, United States Fred Couples,
United States Scott Simpson, United States Mark Wiebe
13 Jul 20, 2003 B.C. Open −21 (67-69-68-63=267) 1 stroke Germany Alex Čejka, United States Steve Lowery
Stadler at the 2011 Principal Charity Classic.

PGA Tour playoff record (3–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1982 Masters Tournament United States Dan Pohl Won with par on first extra hole
2 1982 World Series of Golf United States Raymond Floyd Won with par on fourth extra hole
3 1985 Bob Hope Classic United States Lanny Wadkins Lost to birdie on fifth extra hole
4 1987 Hawaiian Open United States Corey Pavin Lost to birdie on second extra hole
5 1991 The Tour Championship United States Russ Cochran Won with birdie on second extra hole
6 2000 Shell Houston Open Australia Robert Allenby Lost to par on fourth extra hole

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)[edit]

Other wins (4)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (9)[edit]

Legend
Champions Tour major championships (2)
Other Champions Tour (7)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jul 13, 2003 Ford Senior Players Championship −17 (67-73-65-66=271) 3 strokes United States Tom Kite, United States Jim Thorpe, United States Tom Watson
2 Sep 28, 2003 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn −15 (66-69-66=201) 2 strokes United States Larry Nelson
3 Oct 19, 2003 SBC Championship −15 (67-64-67=198) 4 strokes United States Bob Gilder
4 Feb 15, 2004 The ACE Group Classic −10 (67-67-72=206) Playoff United States Gary Koch, United States Tom Watson
5 Jun 27, 2004 Bank of America Championship −15 (68-69-64=201) 4 strokes United States Tom Kite, United States Tom Purtzer, United States D. A. Weibring
6 Aug 29, 2004 JELD-WEN Tradition −13 (70-70-68-67=275) 1 stroke United States Allen Doyle, United States Jerry Pate
7 Sep 5, 2004 The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach −15 (72-63-66=201) 3 strokes United States Jay Haas
8 Sep 26, 2004 SAS Championship −17 (65-68-66=199) 6 strokes United States Tom Jenkins
9 Jun 23, 2013 Encompass Championship −13 (67-65-71=203) 1 stroke United States Fred Couples

Champions Tour playoff record (1–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2004 The ACE Group Classic United States Gary Koch, United States Tom Watson Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2007 Boeing Classic United States R. W. Eaks, United States David Eger
United States Gil Morgan, United States Joe Ozaki
United States Dana Quigley, Zimbabwe Denis Watson
Watson won with eagle on second extra hole
Eger, Morgan, Ozaki, and Quigley eliminated with birdie on first hole
3 2009 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with Jeff Sluman)
United States Tom Lehman and Germany Bernhard Langer Lost to par on second extra hole

Other senior wins (1)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1982 Masters Tournament 3 shot lead −4 (75-69-67-73=284) Playoff1 United States Dan Pohl

1Defeated Pohl with par on first extra hole.

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP T7
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP 6 CUT
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament T26 T43 1 T6 T35 T6 CUT T17 3 CUT
U.S. Open T16 T26 T22 T10 WD CUT T15 T24 T25 DNP
The Open Championship T6 CUT T35 T12 T28 CUT WD T8 T60 T13
PGA Championship T55 CUT T16 T63 T18 T18 T30 T28 T15 T7
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament T14 T12 T25 T34 CUT CUT T29 T26 T41 T38
U.S. Open T8 T19 T33 T33 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT T101 T64 DNP T24 CUT T45 CUT DNP DNP
PGA Championship T57 T7 T48 CUT T19 T8 CUT T53 T38 CUT
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament CUT CUT T32 49 CUT 50 CUT T49 CUT CUT
U.S. Open CUT DNP T18 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T64 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 1 0 1 2 5 9 38 21
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 2 9 18 12
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 2 5 17 11
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 4 9 23 18
Totals 1 0 1 2 13 32 96 62
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 11 (1990 PGA – 1993 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (twice)

Senior major championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runners-up
2003 Ford Senior Players Championship −17 (67-73-65-66=271) 3 strokes United States Tom Kite, United States Jim Thorpe, United States Tom Watson
2004 JELD-WEN Tradition −13 (70-70-68-67=275) 1 stroke United States Allen Doyle, United States Jerry Pate

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "PGA Tour Profile – Crag Stadler". PGA Tour. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "PGA Tour Media Guide – Crag Stadler". PGA Tour. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Men's Golf All-Americans". USC Trojans Athletics official site. Retrieved December 8, 2007. 
  4. ^ Billboard Magazine, April 28, 2001 through May 17, 2001 - Fairy HeartMagic by Gary Stadler on Sequoia Records, chart position # 24 on Top 25 New Age Albums

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