Stadlers to Match Wits Strokes at BC Open


They tee it up together this week, this time more than just father and son, more than the major figure and the also-ran. Craig Stadler and son Kevin will be at the B.C. Open this week, and this year Kevin is much more than just an oddity.
Kevin won on the Nationwide Tour last week ' for the second time in three weeks. Hes very near to his regular-tour card ' one more Nationwide win will do it.
'The last four weeks have been just incredible,' he said. 'It's insane.'
Father Craig, meanwhile, has won twice on the Champions Tour this year, including three weeks ago at the Bank of America Classic on the same day Kevin was winning his first on the Nationwide.
'This is probably the best golfing day I will ever have,'' said Craig on that Sunday. 'I don't think individual accomplishments even come close to this. It's incredible. I am so happy for him and so proud. He's struggled with his game and struggled trying to find out where to play, but he hung in there and he's worked hard at it.''
Kevin turned pro in 2002 right out of his dads alma mater, Southern Cal. He played wherever he could, getting into a handful of PGA Tour events on sponsor's exemptions whenhis fathers name did some good, scraping around various lower-level tournaments other times.
He was planning on playing the Gateway Tour, an Arizona mini-tour that begins in June, but now can play just about anywhere he wants. He also will play next week at the Greater Milwaukee Open on the regular tour.
Also in the B.C. Open field will be Mark Hensby, who won last week at the John Deere Classic, and John E. Morgan, whom Hensby defeated on a playoff.
Hensby could have taken a trip to the British Open with the victory at the John Deere, but declined.
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