Stadler Enjoying New View of Fatherhood
While Stadler was winning the golf tournament at Nashawtuc Country Club last summer, his son Kevin was picking up his first win on the minor-league Nationwide Tour, a victory that helped him earn a promotion to the PGA Tour. Since then, they have had a chance to play together in four tournaments, and now the elder Stadler is watching his younger son, Chris, learn the game.
'From a dad standpoint, it couldn't be any better,' the eldest Stadler said when he returned to the course here Monday for media day.
The 1982 Masters champion, Stadler won 13 times on the PGA Tour and six other tournaments before joining the senior set. He was rookie of the year on the Champions Tour in 2003 and the player of the year last year, when he won five tournaments.
Stadler's victory in Concord was a memorable day because, even as he was signing the winning scorecard, Kevin was winning a playoff in the Lake Erie Charity Classic. Bob and David Duval are the only other father-and-son pair to win PGA-sponsored events on the same day.
'It was a phenomenal day all around,' Craig Stadler said.
Kevin Stadler's victory helped him earn his 2005 PGA card. He has earned $167,265 on tour this year, with his best finish a tie for ninth in Tucson; he probably needs around $700,000 to keep his card for another year.
His father has joined him at four events, going out together on practice rounds and getting paired up at Pebble Beach for the tournament. But that might not be the best thing for Kevin's confidence.
'I beat him every week and I know that kills him,' Stadler said, conceding that his son shot better at Pebble Beach, but they both missed the cut 'so it doesn't count.'
'He's brought it up, so he's obviously thought about it. But there's nothing I would love more than finishing 20th and seeing him finish top five,' Craig said. 'I'm not going to let him beat me, and he wouldn't want me to.'
Stadler said he doesn't plan to play any more events this year on the main tour, so Kevin can have it all to himself. Stadler has also caddied for Kevin twice and both times his son played well, including a victory in his pro debut in the 2002 Colorado Open.
'I'm two-for-two and I think it is going to stay that way,' Stadler said.
With no more playing with Kevin and no more caddying for him, either, Stadler turns to Chris. The 24-year-old just started playing last May and already has a good, strong swing, his father said.
'I had a ball caddying for (Kevin) and I had a ball playing with him. Now I'm having just as much of a ball doing the same thing with Chris,' Craig Stadler said. 'It's something new and different. He's loving the game.'
Stadler will defend his Bank of America title on the 6,729-yard, par-72 Nashawtuc course June 24-26. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Champions Tour, and the event in Concord is the only regular stop that has been around since the beginning.
As part of the celebration, the Bank of American Championship has invited all 18 different past champions back; only two have yet to commit.
The tournament has also retired its crystal trophy in favor of a bronze statue of a Revolutionary War Minuteman that better captures the flavor of the region. Each of the past champions will be given one of the new trophies.
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18