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The Tour Report

November 9 2013

3:47 PM

Stadler's decision paying off

Stadler birdies No. 17

Kevin Stadler hits his tee shot to 2 feet on the 202 yard, par-3 17th hole and makes the birdie putt.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Kevin Stadler thought about skipping The McGladrey Classic.

But, as he put it, he had nothing else better to do this week. Said Stadler, "I've only played here once and it's a good ball-striker's track and I figured after next week we're about to have two months off, so might as well come give it a shot."

It turned out to be a pretty good decision.

Stadler will be looking for his first career PGA TOUR win Sunday at Sea Island, where he's just a shot off the lead after a 65 in the third round.

Though Stadler has a pair of top-30 finishes this season, including a tie for 19th at last month's CIMB Classic, he hasn't always been comfortable out here.

You wouldn't have known it Saturday. Stadler closed with four birdies over his final six holes for the best score of the day.

"It took me quite a while to kind of feel like I belonged out here and to just settle in," Stadler said. "I've been out here quite a while now and haven't had too many shots to win, but plenty of times around other tours and whatnot, so certainly looking forward to (Sunday)."