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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Watch: Moore does impressions of Tiger, Poults, Bubba
Conor Moore is known for his impressions of golfers, and he is back with a new video just in time for The Open.
Moore even got the thumbs up from Ian Poulter.
This is hilarious..— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) July 16, 2018
Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite
Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.
Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.
Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.
Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:
12/1: Dustin Johnson
16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose
20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm
25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods
30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed
40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton
50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick
60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson
80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele
100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen
Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC
If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.
Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.
Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.
There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.
There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.
Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.
John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.
Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.
Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.
Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.
“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”
Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.
“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”
But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.
“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”