Walrus Gets Emotional Over Baby Walrus

By George WhiteDecember 8, 2003, 5:00 pm
Craig Stadler was being tender, as tender as a Walrus can be. At his side was the Baby Walrus ' 23-year-old Kevin, who is the spitting image of his dad. Both were at the Father/Son tournament in Orlando, and when the conversation turned to the dynamics between the two, Craig got a little ' well, sentimental.
Kevin, too, plays golf. Plays it pretty well, too. He played at the University of Southern California, the same place his dad spent his college days. The Walrus joked a little about junior, but obviously there was a lot of truth in between the punch lines. The question ' how much advice had dad given over the years ' advice about golf and Kevins possible attempt at golf as a career?
Theres been a lot probably given I dont know how much has been heard, said poppa with a belly laugh. Pretty much in one ear and out the other. Then I just kind of bagged it for three years. Everything I said kind of set him off a little bit ' which was fine.
Kevin, you see, was going through the stage that kids the world over go through - that stage where parents ' um, dont seem to know too much. In the Stadler household, this was business as usual, and mom and pop have waited patiently for Kevin to come out of this particular stage of maturation.
The last three years, Walrus said, I havent said a whole lot. If he asks me, then Ill chime in. But hes got his own people he works with. I dont know a damn thing about the golf swing and Ill be the first person to admit it.
Kevin is not an uppity kid, not a mouthy kid, not a cocky kid. Around the older set, he seems quite polite. All the while, as dad was talking, Kevin sat still. But Father Stadler wasnt yet finished.
Ive pretty much left both the kids alone their entire life, said Stadler. They pretty much can do what they want to do, go about their own pace about it - I never pushed them with anything.
I think the younger one, Chris, is still deciding what to do. I think my buddy here next to me is at a time in his life where he needs some pushing. Hes facing decisions on what hes going to do ' whether to improve his golf game and work at it. He plays great at times, and not very good at times.
The Walrus was sincere now. Gone was the joking demeanor. He addressed the questioner ' but the answer was directed at Kevin.
Ive told him over the years, I think its one of the toughest things to learn ' to convince yourself that you have the ability, you have the talent, and subconsciously, you know, you think about it
Stadler mixed his thoughts somewhat. He was talking now about what a good player does . When you go out and play good, you shoot 65, 66, 67. When you play poorly, you shoot 71 or 72. Thats the only way in pro golf youre going to make it. Theres a lot of guys who dont hit the ball very good, but they always score well.
Has Kevin learned that ' that some days you hit it well, some days you hit it lousy ' but you always find a way to score?
Kevin was a bit somber now. I thought Id done a pretty good job of it. but theres not as many low scores as there should be on days when I hit it well enough for it to be there. I dont know exactly where it is that that comes from, but Ive got to figure that out, he said.
The Old Man quickly realized he had been a bit tough. Kevin had been a good kid, Craig remembered. Even now, he is a good kid. Poppa quickly cut junior some slack.
I didnt mean you hadnt learned that ' youve gotten a lot better at it than five years ago, dad said hastily. Youve done a creditable job at it, but theres still berries there to fix. Theres a lot of areas in my golf game to fix, and there always will be. If you ever get perfect at it ' keep working!
Across the way, Bernhard Langer was talking about his son, 13-year-old Stefan, who was playing the 18th hole with his pro-am partners. Langer hasnt yet had to deal with the phenomena, of kids who know more than their parents. Stefan will eventually grow up and begin to question everything thats told him, as kids have done throughout history. For now, hes just a youngster who does as hes told and has a great father to teach him.
I would tell him that it is going to be very tough out here. You want to be really good. Its not a great job if youre just average or below-average - its a grind, said Langer.
So I want him to be aware of that. Hell see that as he matures ' hell see that in me, too.
Two different fathers, two different sons ' and the fathers love each with all the emotion that is within them. Its the intense struggle to get their offspring over that great hump that concerns both of them.
The Father/Son, you see, is so much more than just a golf game. Sometimes, its the game of life.
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By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

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

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

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.

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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.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

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.

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“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.”