AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Stadler name is no stranger to the top of a Masters leaderboard, but on Thursday at Augusta National it was the next generation that was making its mark on the iconic golf course.
Kevin Stadler, the son of 1982 Masters champion Craig, opened with a 2-under 70 and was among the early leaders on Day 1 of the year’s first major championship.
The Stadlers are the first father-son duo to play in the same Masters and the two spent much of the week playing practice rounds together and participated in the Par 3 Contest as a twosome on Wednesday.
“I was a little bit nervous to tee off but that’s to be expected,” said Kevin Stadler, who birdied the fifth, seventh, 12th and 13th holes.
Despite the older Stadler’s experience around Augusta National – this is his 38th Masters – he offered little advice to Kevin.
“I think he was wanting me to find my own way,” Kevin Stadler said. “He stressed the fact that you can’t really learn where not to hit it until you’ve been there.”
Craig Stadler struggled on opening day carding a 10-over 82, matching his highest round at Augusta National.