Stadlers go in opposite directions in Round 1 of the Masters

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Craig Stadler, winner of the 1982 Masters, shot a 10-over-82 on Thursday, while his son -- Kevin -- fired a 2-under 70.
By T.J. Auclair
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Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 3:41 p.m.

Today, Craig Stadler and his son, Kevin, became the first father-son duo to tee it up in the same Masters.

The younger Stadler -- playing in his first Masters -- recorded the first sub-par round of the day with an impressive 2-under 70. His father, the 1982 Masters champ, struggled to a 10-over 82, matching his highest score at Augusta National.

Kevin Stadler admitted he was nervous, but found his way after the first hole in a round that included four birdies and two bogeys. He explained afterward that he really didn't get much advice from his dad, who is making his 38th Masters start this week.

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"I think he was wanting me to find my own way," Kevin Stadler told reporters. "He stressed the fact that you can’t really learn where not to hit it until you’ve been there."

It was a rough day all around for Craig Stadler. He had nine bogeys, a double bogey and just one birdie in what he has said will likely be his final Masters.

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.