Notebook: Stadler's final Masters
February 03, 2014
- Craig Stadler will tee it up at Augusta with his son Kevin, who won the Waste Management Phoenix Open. (Cohen/Getty Images)
Following Kevin Stadler’s win at last week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, his dad, former Masters champion Craig Stadler, mentioned in a post-round phone call with local media that the 2014 Masters Tournament will be his last start at the annual event. It will mark what is believed to be the first time a father and son have teed it up in the same year at the Masters Tournament.
Kevin and Craig Stadler (a 13-time PGA TOUR winner) are the ninth father-son combo to win on the PGA TOUR. Jay Haas and Bill Haas were the last to perform the feat.
Champions Tour professionals Fred Funk (T67), Mark Calcavecchia (T69) and Vijay Singh (77th) completed four rounds at last week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open on the PGA TOUR.
As past champions, Fred Couples (T54) and Colin Montgomerie (T48) returned to the 25th anniversary of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and played all four rounds against the young stars of the European Tour. Making the cut meant Couples, a Seattle Seahawks season-ticket holder, missed attending the Super Bowl in New Jersey.
Chideo (charity + video), an interactive online platform, launched last week with the participation of a half dozen PGA TOUR players who have each hand-selected a charity to benefit from the project. Nearly 60 celebrities were involved in the platform's launch, including the Champions Tour’s Charles Schwab Cup winner Kenny Perry who supports the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin-Simpson.
Gary Player celebrated the inauguration of the Gary Player Villa at Trump National Doral last week, which is the first of eight deluxe guestroom villas to be completed. Other villas will be named after Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Champions Tour and this week’s Allianz Championship is the first full-field event on the 2014 schedule.
The Allianz Championship always produces a tight finish. Its list of former champions includes: Mark James (2007), Scott Hoch (2008), Mike Goodes (2009), Bernhard Langer (2010), Tom Lehman (2011), Corey Pavin (2012) and Rocco Mediate (2013). Mediate won by two strokes last year and James registered a two-stroke victory in 2007. The other five have been close with Hoch, Goodes and Lehman claiming one-stroke victories and Langer and Pavin prevailing in one-hole playoffs.
When he tees it up at Broken Sound this week, Bernhard Langer will attempt to become the 10th player in Champions Tour history to claim 20 career victories. Here’s a list of players who have won 20 or more Champions Tour titles:
Player No. of Wins
Hale Irwin 45
Lee Trevino 29
Gil Morgan 25
Miller Barber 24
Bob Charles 23
Don January 22
Chi Chi Rodriguez 22
Bruce Crampton 20
Jim Colbert 20
John Huston (back and shoulder injuries), Hal Sutton (hip replacements) and Dana Quigley (caring for son, Devon) will make their returns to Champions Tour competition at the Allianz Championship following significant time away.
John Cook has registered 18 consecutive sub-par rounds on the Old Course at Broken Sound during the Allianz Championship, but has finished among the top five just twice (P2 in 2010, T5 in 2012).
The European Senior Tour will conduct their Final Stage of Qualifying in Portugal from February 3-6.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Winning the Allianz Championship has translated into a trip to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship for each of the seven previous champions, with Bernhard Langer (2010) and Tom Lehman (2011) going on to claim the Charles Schwab Cup the same years they were victorious at Broken Sound.
5,856 – The number of dollars required for Jay Don Blake to surpass $10 million in all-time career earnings. Corey Pavin needs $84,378 to cross $20 million in all-time career earnings.
ON THIS DATE
2/5/83 – Tom Kite sets a new course record with his third-round 62 at Pebble Beach. One day later he shoots a 73, but still holds on for a two-stroke win in the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am.
2/6/83 – Jack Nicklaus finishes 6th at the Bing Crosby Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and becomes first player to top $4 million in career earnings.
DID YOU KNOW?
Members of the World Golf Hall of Fame have won the last two Champions Tour events – Fred Couples (2013 Charles Schwab Cup Championship) and Bernhard Langer (2014 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai). The last time three Champions Tour events in a row were won by World Golf Hall of Fame members was 1995 when Gary Player, Hale Irwin and Lee Trevino all won tournaments in succession.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“That feeling you get of being in position to win is what every player dreams of and works for – did I miss it? Sure. I don’t think any player in any sport would tell you otherwise. I know I always thrived on it. I’m excited. I’m like a kid in a candy store. I’m ready to get back out there and get going.” – Billy Andrade makes his first start on the Champions Tour this week after winning four times during his PGA TOUR career.
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