AUGUSTA, Ga. – After waiting all these years to play Augusta National together, Craig and Kevin Stadler weren’t disappointed that Monday’s practice round was washed out after only two holes because of rain.
They did, however, have a scoring discrepancy after those two holes.
“It was fine, it happens,” said the father during their duel news conference. “I bogeyed 1 and birdied 2 and he parred, and so I was tied after two, so I was happy.”
That’s where the son chimed in.
Kevin: “That birdie I made on 2 doesn't count, huh?”
Craig: “You didn't make that putt.”
Kevin: “He's paying a lot of attention.”
Craig: “Did you?”
Kevin: “Of course I did.”
The banter all came with smiles on their faces, as Kevin is competing for the first time with Craig, who won here in 1982.
Neither of them, though, thinks that fact will get in the way of their performances.
“I think everybody is trying to make a distraction out of it other than us,” Craig said. “We're just having a great time being together and … playing another golf tournament. We're like the most undistracted in the world compared to everybody else in this room.”
The elder Stadler also knows which of them is the more likely contender this week.
“I'm just going to be out there slashing around, trying to make the cut and he's going to be trying to win the golf tournament. In that regard, it's a little bit different.”