February 02, 2014
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- Kevin Stadler earned his first win in his 239th career start.
In his 239th start, Kevin Stadler has his first PGA TOUR victory.
Stadler carded a 3-under 68 to track down Bubba Watson on the back nine Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Tied on the 18th tee at 16 under, Stadler piped his drive while Watson found the right rough. From 122 yards, Watson airmailed the 18th green with a wedge. Next, Stadler knocked it to 11 feet from 108 yards.
After Watson made a great low chip shot -- which appeared to hit a TV cord on the ground -- to about 5 feet, Stadler just missed his birdie putt for the win and tapped in for par. Watson then missed his 5-footer that would have sent it to a playoff.
Watson and Stadler both drove the par-4 17th but faced 90-foot eagle putts. And both two-putted for birdie.
Watson birdies Nos. 4 and 5 before bogeying the ninth. He then made six straight pars before another bogey on the 16th after he missed a 5-footer for par.
Ahead of the final groups, Canadian Graham DeLaet posted 15 under after a back-nine 32 to post his second straight 65. Hunter Mahan (68) also challenged, but finished at 14 under with Hideki Matsuyama (69) after his birdie bid slid just by on the 72nd hole.