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Welcome to CraigStadler.com. Craig Stadler, affectionately known as the Walrus, is one of Professional golf’s most colorful and popular personalities. He has won 13 times on the PGA tour including the 1982 Masters. He has won 8 times on the Champions Tour, including 5 wins in 2004 when he was named Player of the Year.
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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.
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.
Stadler’s eight years and almost nine months between victories is the longest stretch in Champions Tour history.
In the final round of the 2013 Encompass Championship, Craig Stadler shoots a final-round 71 to claim his ninth win on the Champions Tour.
History in the Making:
There will be two Stadlers in the field at Augusta in April. After Kevins win in Phoenix, he can expect to receive an invite to join his father, Craig, at the Masters for the first time.
· The two became the ninth father-son duo to win on the PGA TOUR and would be the first-ever father and son to play in the Masters in the same year. Craig said Sunday that it would be his last time playing the event, explaining that he was waiting until Kevin qualified before stopping his annual appearance.
“That was in the forefront of my mind when I was out there," Kevin said. “He probably would have liked it better if I had gotten there five years ago so he could have called it quits then.”