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Craig  Stadler

Craig Stadler

Evergreen, CO

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Updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2012 02:32 PM
  • Birthplace: San Diego, CA
  • Residence: Evergreen, CO
  • Age: 58
  • Turned Pro: 1976

PGA TOUR Victories

(13) 1980,Bob Hope Desert Classic, Greater Greensboro Open. 1981,Kemper Open. 1982,Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open, Masters Tournament, Kemper Open, World Series of Golf. 1984,Byron Nelson Golf Classic. 1991,THE TOUR Championship. 1992,NEC World Series of Golf. 1994,Buick Invitational of California. 1996,Nissan Open. 2003,B.C. Open.

International Victories

(1): 2005 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge [with Hale Irwin, Jay Haas].

Other Victories

(7): 1978 Magnolia State Classic. 1985 Canon European Masters. 1987 Dunlop Phoenix. 1990 Scandinavian Enterprise Open. 1992 Argentine Open. 1999 Champions Challenge [with Kevin Stadler]. 2002 Office Depot Father/Son Challenge [with Kevin].

2012 PGA TOUR Money and Position

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PGA TOUR Best Round

81 at Round 1, Masters Tournament.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Bob Hope Desert Classic, Greater Greensboro Open, Kemper Open, Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open, Masters Tournament, Kemper Open, World Series of Golf, Byron Nelson Golf Classic, THE TOUR Championship, NEC World Series of Golf, Buick Invitational of California, Nissan Open, B.C. Open.

Career Highlights

2011: Made 19 starts,l with his best effort coming in early August when he shot a pair of 66s on the weekend at TPC Twin Cities to finish T17 at the 3M Championship...Teamed with Jeff Sluman for a T18 at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. Duo shot a better-ball score of 61 Sunday to move up...Made his 33rd consecutive start and 35th overall at the Masters (missed cut). 2010: Troubled for much of the year with hip problems and made only 15 appearances...Was sidelined the final two months of the year after undergoing total left-hip-replacement surgery on September 15 in Los Angeles...His campaign included a pair of top-10 finishes...Rounds of 69-69 on the weekend at Punta Espada GC led to a T10 finish at The Cap Cana Championship...Birdied five of his first six holes on the back nine in the final round to temporarily earn a share of the lead at the JELD-WEN Tradition but finished with three straight bogeys to finish T10...Jumped into contention at the Montreal Championship after posting a 7-under 65 Saturday, his low round of the year. Was in the final grouping Sunday for the first time since the 2007 Allianz Championship in Boca Raton but struggled with a final-round 73 and eventually was T29 in Canada...Made his 20th appearance in the Bob Hope Classic but missed the cut. 2009: Had a pair of top-10s and came closest to ending his victory drought when, for the second straight year, he finished runner-up with teammate Jeff Sluman at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. The pair tied Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman at the end of regulation but saw their bid for a win end when Lehman made par on the second extra hole after they missed par attempts. Extended the overtime session to a second hole when he drained a 45-foot birdie putt on the opening playoff hole, matching a similar effort moments earlier by Langer...Closed with rounds of 66-69 on the weekend at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge to record a sixth-place finish at the Boeing Classic, his best performance in a non-team event since a T2 at the 2008 Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. 2008: Despite being troubled by hip problems during the last half of the season, returned to a spot among the top-30 money-winners after a year's absence...Finished second twice and had six top-10 efforts overall, the most he's registered in a season since 2005...Recorded his top individual performance of the year at the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, finishing T2 along with Fuzzy Zoeller, five strokes back of Jeff Sluman. Started the final round one stroke behind four different players and carded a final-round 71 at Pebble to move up into a second-place tie in the event...Teamed with Sluman for a second-place finish at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in Savannah. The pair made a strong, final-round charge with an 11-under par 61 but finished one stroke behind the team of Andy North and Tom Watson...Was also T3 at the inaugural Cap Cana Championship, posting back-to-back scores of 67 at Punta Espada on the weekend...Made a hole-in-one on the famed Postage Stamp hole at Royal Troon (No. 8) in the opening round at the Senior British Open, securing 123 bottles of Hardys Wine as part of the European Seniors Tour promotion for holes-in-one. He used a pitching wedge on the 123-yard hole for his ace, the fifth of his career. 2007: Highlight of his year was his performance at the Boeing Classic near Seattle in late August. Was one of the players to earn a spot in the record seven-man playoff. Birdied the final two holes in regulation and made a third birdie on the first extra hole before eventual winner Denis Watson eagled the second hole to claim the win...In his second start of the season at the Allianz Championship, fired a course-record, 9-under 63 on The Old Course at Broken Sound in the opening round, his best Champions Tour score since posting a career-low 60 Saturday at the 2005 Blue Angels Classic. 2006: First of two runners-up came in late April when he was T2 at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. Among the leaders all three days and at one point was within one of the lead on the back nine behind eventual winner Jay Haas. However, a pair of late bogeys (on Nos. 17 and 18) and consecutive birdies by Haas on Nos. 16 and 17 eventually ended his chances...Was in the mix again again at the 3M Championship. Briefly held the lead early on the back nine but eventually finished T2 with Brad Bryant, two strokes back of David Edwards. 2005: Was a runner-up twice...Posted three straight rounds in the 60s in defense of his title at the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, but was still one of three players to come up one stroke shy of eventual-winner Hale Irwin...Also made a late run at Tom Purtzer at the 3M Championship, but for the second straight year, missed a 30-foot eagle putt to tie on the last hole. Along with Lonnie Nielsen, ended one stroke short in Minnesota...Matched the Champions Tour's all-time scoring record for lowest 18 holes when he fired a 10-under 60 at The Moors on Saturday at the Blue Angels Classic. Had a chance for 59 but missed from 27 feet, 5 inches on his last hole of the round. 2004: Was voted by his peers as the Champions Tour's Player of the Year after a career-best five victories in a single season, the most wins by any player in a year since Larry Nelson in 2001...Also topped the Champions Tour earnings list for 2004 and received the Arnold Palmer Award as the circuit's leading money-winner, with a personal-best $2,306,606, the 10th-highest money total ever...Joined Lee Trevino and Tom Watson as the third player to earn money titles on both the Champions Tour and the PGA TOUR...Earned the Byron Nelson Trophy for best scoring average, 69.30...Also finished second in the Charles Schwab Cup competition. Led the season-long race during the month of September before finishing 39 points back of Hale Irwin at season's end...Was among the top three in over a third of his 21 starts, and five victories included three consecutive wins during the summer, a first on the Champions Tour since Gil Morgan won three consecutive starts on the Champions Tour (1997-98)...Started the run by earning his second major championship on the Champions Tour at the JELD-WEN Tradition. Closed with four straight birdies in the final round to win by one stroke over Jerry Pate and Allen Doyle. Took over the lead in the money race for good with his $345,000 first-place check near Portland. Helped his cause when he made a rare double eagle on the 16th hole Saturday, nailing a perfect 4-iron from 207 yards. Was 11-under-par on the critical par 5s at The Reserve...Made it two straight wins the following week by capturing the inaugural First Tee Open at Pebble Beach presented by Walmart. Won by three strokes over Jay Haas, after opening with an even-par 72 at the Bayonet GC. Played his last 37 holes in 16-under-par and teamed with his junior partner, Aaron Woodard from Denver, to post a four-stroke victory in the pro-junior competition as well. Back-to-back victories were the first on the Champions Tour since Bob Gilder in 2002 (Allianz Championship/Kroger Classic)...Made it three wins in three consecutive starts when he cruised to a six-stroke, wire-to-wire victory over Tom Jenkins at the SAS Championship in Raleigh. Was 14-under-par on the back nine en route to a tournament-record score of 17-under-par 199. Check for $270,000 at the SAS event pushed his season earnings past the $2-million mark, the first player to do so in two years...Started the year by winning The ACE Group Classic in Naples. Prevailed by making a 27-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Tom Watson and Gary Koch at TwinEagles. Appeared to be out of contention after a double bogey at the 13th hole on Sunday left him three behind leader Koch. However, a birdie at 15 coupled with bogeys by Koch at 14 and 17 opened the door...Also rallied from four strokes back on the final day to win by four at the Bank of America Championship near Boston. Final-round 64 at Nashawtuc was the lowest Sunday score in tournament history and victory became extra special when son Kevin claimed the Lake Erie Charity Classic on the Nationwide Tour in a four-hole playoff just an hour later, marking the second time a father and son won on the same day in PGA TOUR-sponsored events (David Duval/Bob Duval on March 28, 1999)...Champions Tour Player of the Month in both August and September. 2003: The Champions Tour Rookie of the Year, thanks to three wins and seven top-10 finishes...Did not become eligible until turning 50 on June 2...Made history when he became the first Champions Tour player to win a PGA TOUR event, a one-stroke victory in the B.C.Open at the En-Joie GC. Used a final-round, 9-under-par 63 to make up eight strokes (largest comeback in tournament history) and defeat Steve Lowery and Alex Cejka by one stroke. Had four straight rounds in the 60s, the first time he had done so in a PGA TOUR event since the 1995 B.C. Open. Victory in New York made him, at the time, just the second player in history to win a PGA TOUR and Champions Tour event in the same year. (Raymond Floyd, 1992 Doral-Ryder Open at 49, and the GTE North Classic). Victory in Endicott also made him just the fifth player, at the time, in PGA TOUR history to win an event over the age of 50 (fifth oldest at 51 years, 1 month, 18 days) and the first since Art Wall at the 1975 Greater Milwaukee Open...One week earlier, broke through for his first Champions Tour title at the Ford Senior Players Championship, a three-stroke win over Tom Watson, Tom Kite and Jim Thorpe. Became the 14th player in history to record his first victory at a major championship and became the youngest winner in Ford Senior Players Championship history (50 years, 1 month, 11 days). Trailed by six strokes at the halfway point, but rebounded with rounds of 65-66, needing only 51 putts in the final two rounds at the TPC Michigan...Added a second Champions Tour title at the inaugural Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn. Started two strokes back in the final round, but made birdie on five of his first seven holes and cruised to a two-stroke win over Larry Nelson, his first triumph in North Carolina since the 1991 TOUR Championship...Joined Tom Watson as the only other player on the Champions Tour that year to win in consecutive starts when he cruised to a four-stroke win over Bob Gilder at the SBC Championship in San Antonio, two weeks after winning in North Carolina. Win was his first in Texas since the 1984 Byron Nelson Classic and gave him four overall TOUR victories in a season for the first time since 1982...T15 in his Champions Tour debut at the Senior PGA Championship.

Personal

Nicknamed "The Walrus" and is one of golf's most colorful and popular personalities...A California native who lives in Denver and is an ardent fan of NHL's Colorado Avalanche...Inducted into San Diego's Breithard Hall of Fame in February of 1996...Son Kevin turned professional and won the 2002 Colorado Open in a playoff with his father as his caddie. After playing on the Nationwide Tour in both 2004 and 2006, is now a PGA TOUR member...Kevin won the 2006 Johnnie Walker Classic on the European Tour...Younger son, Chris, played college football at Lake Forest College in Illinois and served as his dad's caddie when he won the 2003 B.C. Open...Got started in golf at age four by his father...Favorite golf course is Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island, SC...Favorite athlete is Wayne Gretzky...Enjoys reading any book authored by Wilbur Smith...Always uses a dull penny for a ball marker...Lists Arnold Palmer as his hero.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

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