Elder Stadler Rallies for Victory

By Sports NetworkJune 27, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Bank of America ChampionshipCONCORD, Mass. -- Craig Stadler fired an 8-under 64 on Sunday to come from behind and win the Bank of America Championship. He finished 54 holes at 15-under-par 201 and won by four strokes.
 
It was a big day for the Stadler family on Sunday. Kevin Stadler, Craig's son, parred the fourth playoff hole at the Lake Erie Charity Classic on the Nationwide Tour to pick up his first win.
 
'I didn't pay much attention to my golf game,' said Craig Stadler, who pocketed $232,500 for the win. 'That's probably why I played well. I was a wreck out there.
 
'I never dreamed of both of us winning on the same day. This is probably the best golfing day I'll ever have. Individual accomplishments don't even come close to this.'
 
The Stadlers became the second father-son duo to win the same week. David Duval won the 1999 Players Championship the same week Bob won the Emerald Coast Classic on the Champions Tour.
 
Tom Purtzer, the overnight leader, was closest to Stadler, but a double bogey at the 17th cost him. He shot an even-par 72 on Sunday and tied for second place with D.A. Weibring (65) and Tom Kite (69) at 11-under-par 205.
 
Dana Quigley (68), Doug Tewell (69) and John Jacobs (71) shared fifth place at minus-10.
 
Stadler began the final round four shots behind Purtzer, but quickly made his way up the leaderboard. He sank a 30-footer for birdie at the second, then made it two in a row with a 10-footer for birdie.
 
The 1982 Masters champion had a nice par save at the fourth and picked up his third birdie of the round with a two-putt from 30 feet at the par-5 fifth hole. Stadler closed his front nine with back-to-back birdies from the eighth to make the turn at 5-under 31.
 
He birdied the 11th and took the lead in the championship with a 10-foot birdie putt at No. 13. He added to the lead with a 20-footer for birdie at No. 15 when he drove it into the greenside bunker at the 338-yard 15th.
 
Stadler fell backwards at the 17th when he could not get up-and-down from a bunker. He reclaimed the lost stroke with an 8-foot birdie putt at the last.
 
From there, Stadler had to wait to see what Purtzer did behind him. That was not as important as watching his son secure victory in the scorer's tent.
 
Purtzer got within one after a short birdie putt at the 15th, but the 17th bit him too. He found a bunker as well, but his blast came up short of the hole. Purtzer three-putted for a double bogey to fall out of contention.
 
'I didn't play that bad, but you've got to do better than 72 on the last day,' said Purtzer. 'I hit it over the pin at 17 and got cute with the bunker short. I had my chances.'
 
Stadler earned his second victory of the season and his fifth since joining the elder circuit in the middle of last year. He won the ACE Group Classic earlier in the campaign and joined Bruce Fleisher and Hale Irwin as multiple winners on the Champions Tour this season.
 
Jerry Pate shot a one-under 71 on Sunday and took eighth place at 9-under-par 207. Bruce Summerhays (67), Tom Jenkins (70), Des Smyth (70), Mike McCullough (71) and Jay Sigel (72) tied for ninth place at 7-under-par 209.
 
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