Craig Stadler

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Craig Stadler
— Golfer —
Craig Stadler at 2009 JELD-WEN Tradition.jpg
Stadler at the 2009 JELD-WEN Tradition.
Personal information
Full nameCraig Robert Stadler
NicknameThe Walrus
Born(1953-06-02) June 2, 1953 (age 60)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight250 lb (110 kg; 18 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceDenver, Colorado
SpouseJan Zumbrunnen
ChildrenKevin, Chris
Career
CollegeUniversity of Southern California
Turned professional1976
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins30
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour13
European Tour2
Japan Golf Tour1
Champions Tour9
Other5
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters TournamentWon: 1982
U.S. OpenT8: 1990
The Open ChampionshipT6: 1980
PGA Championship6th: 1978
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1982
 
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Craig Stadler
— Golfer —
Craig Stadler at 2009 JELD-WEN Tradition.jpg
Stadler at the 2009 JELD-WEN Tradition.
Personal information
Full nameCraig Robert Stadler
NicknameThe Walrus
Born(1953-06-02) June 2, 1953 (age 60)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight250 lb (110 kg; 18 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceDenver, Colorado
SpouseJan Zumbrunnen
ChildrenKevin, Chris
Career
CollegeUniversity of Southern California
Turned professional1976
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins30
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour13
European Tour2
Japan Golf Tour1
Champions Tour9
Other5
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters TournamentWon: 1982
U.S. OpenT8: 1990
The Open ChampionshipT6: 1980
PGA Championship6th: 1978
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1982

Craig Robert Stadler (born June 2, 1953) is an American professional golfer who has won numerous tournaments at both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour level.

Stadler was born in San Diego[1] His father started him in golf at age four,[2] and he displayed a talent for golf early in life. Stadler attended La Jolla High School. He won the 1973 U.S. Amateur, while attending the University of Southern California, where he was a teammate of future PGA Tour winners Mark Pfeil and Scott Simpson. Stadler was an All-American all four years – first-team his sophomore and junior years; second-team his freshman and senior years.[3] Stadler finished college in 1975 and turned professional in 1976.[1]

Stadler won his first two PGA Tour events in 1980, at the Bob Hope Desert Classic and the Greater Greensboro Open. His career year was 1982 when he won four PGA Tour events including The Masters after a playoff with Dan Pohl. Stadler won the B.C. Open in 2003, becoming the first player over age 50 to win a PGA Tour event in 28 years. He won 13 PGA Tour events in all, and played on the 1983 and 1985 Ryder Cup teams.[2]

Stadler began playing on the Champions Tour upon becoming eligible in June 2003. His greatest successes came during his first two years of eligibility; he was the leading money winner in his first full year on that tour in 2004. Stadler underwent total left-hip-replacement surgery in Los Angeles on September 15, 2010, which limited his playing time going forward.[2]

Very popular with the galleries, Stadler is affectionately called "The Walrus" for his portly build and ample mustache. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado. His son Kevin is also a PGA Tour champion.[2] His brother Gary Stadler is a Billboard-charting recording artist.[4]

Craig announced that the 2014 Masters Tournament, which will include Kevin, will be his 38th and last.

Professional wins (30)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (13)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Jan 13, 1980Bob Hope Desert Classic−17 (69-68-70-69-67=343)2 strokesUnited States Tom Purtzer, United States Mike Sullivan
2Apr 6, 1980Greater Greensboro Open−13 (67-69-71-68=275)6 strokesUnited States George Burns, United States Billy Kratzert,
Australia Jack Newton
3May 31, 1981Kemper Open−18 (67-69-66-68=270)6 strokesUnited States Tom Watson, United States Tom Weiskopf
4Jan 10, 1982Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open−14 (65-64-66-71=266)3 strokesUnited States Vance Heafner
5Apr 11, 1982Masters Tournament−4 (75-69-67-73=284)PlayoffUnited States Dan Pohl
6Jun 6, 1982Kemper Open−13 (72-67-67-69=275)7 strokesSpain Seve Ballesteros
7Aug 29, 1982World Series of Golf−2 (70-68-75-65=278)PlayoffUnited States Raymond Floyd
8May 13, 1984Byron Nelson Golf Classic−8 (70-71-64-71=276)1 strokeUnited States David Edwards
9Nov 3, 1991The Tour Championship−7 (66-68-72-71=277)PlayoffUnited States Russ Cochran
10Aug 30, 1992NEC World Series of Golf−7 (69-65-69-70=273)1 strokeUnited States Corey Pavin
11Feb 27, 1994Buick Invitational of California−20 (67-67-68-66=268)1 strokeUnited States Steve Lowery
12Feb 25, 1996Nissan Open−6 (67-70-73-68=278)1 strokeUnited States Mark Brooks, United States Fred Couples,
United States Scott Simpson, United States Mark Wiebe
13Jul 20, 2003B.C. Open−21 (67-69-68-63=267)1 strokeGermany Alex Čejka, United States Steve Lowery
Stadler at the 2011 Principal Charity Classic.

PGA Tour playoff record (3–3)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
11982Masters TournamentUnited States Dan PohlWon with par on first extra hole
21982World Series of GolfUnited States Raymond FloydWon with par on fourth extra hole
31985Bob Hope ClassicUnited States Lanny WadkinsLost to birdie on fifth extra hole
41987Hawaiian OpenUnited States Corey PavinLost to birdie on second extra hole
51991The Tour ChampionshipUnited States Russ CochranWon with birdie on second extra hole
62000Shell Houston OpenAustralia Robert AllenbyLost to par on fourth extra hole

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)[edit]

Other wins (4)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (9)[edit]

Legend
Champions Tour major championships (2)
Other Champions Tour (7)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Jul 13, 2003Ford Senior Players Championship−17 (67-73-65-66=271)3 strokesUnited States Tom Kite, United States Jim Thorpe, United States Tom Watson
2Sep 28, 2003Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn−15 (66-69-66=201)2 strokesUnited States Larry Nelson
3Oct 19, 2003SBC Championship−15 (67-64-67=198)4 strokesUnited States Bob Gilder
4Feb 15, 2004The ACE Group Classic−10 (67-67-72=206)PlayoffUnited States Gary Koch, United States Tom Watson
5Jun 27, 2004Bank of America Championship−15 (68-69-64=201)4 strokesUnited States Tom Kite, United States Tom Purtzer, United States D. A. Weibring
6Aug 29, 2004JELD-WEN Tradition−13 (70-70-68-67=275)1 strokeUnited States Allen Doyle, United States Jerry Pate
7Sep 5, 2004The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach−15 (72-63-66=201)3 strokesUnited States Jay Haas
8Sep 26, 2004SAS Championship−17 (65-68-66=199)6 strokesUnited States Tom Jenkins
9Jun 23, 2013Encompass Championship−13 (67-65-71=203)1 strokeUnited States Fred Couples

Champions Tour playoff record (1–2)

No.YearTournamentOpponentsResult
12004The ACE Group ClassicUnited States Gary Koch, United States Tom WatsonWon with birdie on first extra hole
22007Boeing ClassicUnited States R. W. Eaks, United States David Eger
United States Gil Morgan, United States Joe Ozaki
United States Dana Quigley, Zimbabwe Denis Watson
Watson won with eagle on second extra hole
Eger, Morgan, Ozaki, and Quigley eliminated with birdie on first hole
32009Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with Jeff Sluman)
United States Tom Lehman and Germany Bernhard LangerLost to par on second extra hole

Other senior wins (1)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
1982Masters Tournament3 shot lead−4 (75-69-67-73=284)Playoff1United States Dan Pohl

1Defeated Pohl with par on first extra hole.

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament197419751976197719781979
Masters TournamentCUTCUTDNPDNPDNPT7
U.S. OpenCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPCUT
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNP6CUT
Tournament1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
Masters TournamentT26T431T6T35T6CUTT173CUT
U.S. OpenT16T26T22T10WDCUTT15T24T25DNP
The Open ChampionshipT6CUTT35T12T28CUTWDT8T60T13
PGA ChampionshipT55CUTT16T63T18T18T30T28T15T7
Tournament1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
Masters TournamentT14T12T25T34CUTCUTT29T26T41T38
U.S. OpenT8T19T33T33CUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipCUTT101T64DNPT24CUTT45CUTDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipT57T7T48CUTT19T8CUTT53T38CUT
Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Masters TournamentCUTCUTT3249CUT50CUTT49CUTCUT
U.S. OpenCUTDNPT18DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipT64DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Tournament2010201120122013
Masters TournamentCUTCUTCUTCUT
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNP

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament1012593721
U.S. Open0000291812
The Open Championship0000251711
PGA Championship0000492318
Totals101213329562

Senior major championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

YearChampionshipWinning scoreMarginRunners-up
2003Ford Senior Players Championship−17 (67-73-65-66=271)3 strokesUnited States Tom Kite, United States Jim Thorpe, United States Tom Watson
2004JELD-WEN Tradition−13 (70-70-68-67=275)1 strokeUnited States Allen Doyle, United States Jerry Pate

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "PGA Tour Profile – Crag Stadler". PGA Tour. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "PGA Tour Media Guide – Crag Stadler". PGA Tour. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Men's Golf All-Americans". USC Trojans Athletics official site. Retrieved December 8, 2007. 
  4. ^ Billboard Magazine, April 28, 2001 through May 17, 2001 - Fairy HeartMagic by Gary Stadler on Sequoia Records, chart position # 24 on Top 25 New Age Albums

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