Kevin Stadler

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Kevin Stadler
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Kevin Stadler
Nickname Smallrus
Born (1980-02-05) February 5, 1980 (age 34)
Reno, Nevada
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 250 lb (110 kg; 18 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Scottsdale, Arizona
Career
College University of Southern California
Turned professional 2002
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Former tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour of Australasia
Professional wins 10
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
European Tour 1
Asian Tour 1
PGA Tour of Australasia 1
Web.com Tour 4
Challenge Tour 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T8: 2014
U.S. Open T63: 2014
The Open Championship T39: 2014
PGA Championship T64: 2014

Kevin Stadler (born February 5, 1980) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and formerly on the European Tour.

Stadler, the son of former Masters champion and 13-time PGA Tour winner Craig Stadler (The Walrus) and Susan Barrett, was born in Reno, Nevada. He moved with his family to Denver, Colorado, where he attended Kent Denver School, excelling on the school's golf team. He graduated from the University of Southern California and turned professional in 2002.

In 2004 Stadler won twice on the second tier Nationwide Tour, and finished 13th on the money list to win a place on the 2005 PGA Tour. In his rookie season on the elite tour he came 168th on the money list, thus losing his playing status.

Early in 2006 Stadler won the Johnnie Walker Classic in Australia, gaining a two year exemption on the European, Asian, and Australasian tours. Stadler commented, "I am honestly baffled by this win.... It was my intention this year just to play the Nationwide Tour and get my PGA Tour card back but now I have no idea what I will do".[1] His dilemma was that the European Tour, on which he became eligible to play, is much more prestigious and lucrative than the Nationwide Tour, but unlike the Nationwide Tour it did not offer a direct route to his objective of regaining his playing privileges on the PGA Tour. For the remainder of 2006 he divided his time between the two tours, winning twice on the Nationwide Tour, and finishing twelfth on the money list to regain his PGA Tour card with effect from the start of the 2007 season.

During the 2009 season Stadler lost in a playoff at the Wyndham Championship to Ryan Moore. At the time Moore and Stadler were both trying to capture their first PGA Tour title.

On February 2, 2014, Stadler won the Waste Management Phoenix Open marking his first PGA Tour victory.[2] Stadler won after Bubba Watson made bogey on the 18th hole. The event was Stadler's 239th PGA Tour start and would ensure him of his first Masters invitation. Craig and Kevin were the first father-son duo to play at Augusta in the same tournament.[3] Kevin is also the first son of a Masters champion to play in that tournament. Kevin is nicknamed as "Smallrus," a play on his father's nickname of "Walrus." Kevin finished T8 in his Masters debut, ensuring him of making the 2015 field.

Amateur wins (1)[edit]

  • 1997 Doug Sanders Junior World Championship

Professional wins (10)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 Feb 2, 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open −16 (65-68-67-68=268) 1 stroke Canada Graham DeLaet, United States Bubba Watson

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2009 Wyndham Championship United States Jason Bohn, United States Ryan Moore Moore won with birdie on third extra hole
Bohn eliminated with par on first hole

European Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Feb 12, 2006 Johnnie Walker Classic1 −20 (64-69-66-69=268) 2 strokes Australia Nick O'Hern

1Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia

Nationwide Tour wins (4)[edit]

Challenge Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Dec 11, 2005
(2006 season)
Abierto Visa de la Republica −6 (69-66-67-72=274) 2 strokes Argentina Ángel Cabrera

Other wins (3)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T8
U.S. Open 65 DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T63
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP T51 T58 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T39
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP CUT T64

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stadler wins with last-hole eagle". BBC Sport. February 12, 2006. Retrieved April 9, 2009. 
  2. ^ McEwan, Michael (February 3, 2014). "Stadler claims maiden win at last". Bunkered. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kevin Stadler wins 1st PGA Tour title". ESPN. Associated Press. February 3, 2014. 

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