Former Trojan Kevin Stadler Claims First PGA Tour Win
Feb. 3, 2014
Former USC All-American Kevin Stadler took home his first PGA Tour victory on Sunday (Feb. 2) at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Ariz., and clinched a spot in his first Masters later this year alongside his father, Trojan great Craig Stadler.
The Stadlers are only the ninth father-son pair to win on the PGA Tour and they will become the first father-son duo to play in the same Masters.
Kevin Stadler, who graduated from USC in 2002 and was the Pac-12 Player of the Year that year, bested Bubba Watson and Graham DeLaet with a final-round 3-under 68 to claim the one-stroke victory, finishing at 16-under 286 on a course just miles from his home. It was the 239th tour start for the 33-year-old whose most recent big win was in 2006 at the Johnnie Walker Classic on the European Tour.
"It was a little weird to win a golf tournament," Stadler told ESPN. "It's been a long time since I won anything. It's pretty special."
The Stadlers will tee off in this year's Masters April 10-13. This will be the final Masters appearance for the elder Stadler, who won the event in 1982.
Stadler's coach at USC, Kurt Schuette, was on hand in Phoenix for the breakthrough win.
"I'm very proud of Kevin and it was exciting to witness his final round and be part of the celebration after," Schuette said. "I've never seen him so focused and determined. We are thrilled that he captured his first victory and I think he's capable of winning more."
Stadler is the first Trojan since Brian Henninger last to win on Tour. Henninger won twice, last at the 1999 Southern Farm Bureau Classic.