Residence: Scottsdale, Arizona
Kevin was born in Reno, Nevada, and is the son of former Masters Champion and 13-time winner on the PGA Tour, Craig Stadler. He moved with his family to Denver, Colorado, where he attended Kent Denver School, excelling on the school's golf team. He graduated from the University of Southern California and turned professional in 2002.
In 2004 Kevin won twice on the second tier Nationwide Tour, and finished 13th on the money list to win a place on the 2005 PGA Tour. However in his first season he failed to retail his card - finishing in 168th on the money list.
Early in 2006 Kevin won the Johnnie Walker Classic in Australia, gaining a two year exemption on the European, Asian, and Australasian tours. After the win he commented, "I am honestly baffled by this win.... It was my intention this year just to play the Nationwide Tour and get my PGA Tour card back but now I have no idea what I will do".
His dilemma was that the European Tour, on which he became eligible to play, is much more prestigious and lucrative than the Nationwide Tour, but unlike the Nationwide Tour it did not offer a direct route to his objective of regaining his playing privileges on the PGA Tour.
For the remainder of 2006 he divided his time between the two tours, winning twice on the Nationwide Tour, and finishing twelfth on the money list to regain his PGA Tour card with effect from the start of the 2007 season.
Back on the Tour Kevin struggled again only finishing in 108th place on the money list. In 2009 things are not going much better for Kevin. He has only 4 cuts and has only secured a single top-15 finish.
Kevin Stadler Tournament History
2008 The Open Championship
17-20 July - The Open Championship - Royal Birkdale. The 137th Open Championship was successfully defended by Padraig Harrington. He shot -4 on the back 9 on the Sunday to pull away from Ian Poulter and overnight leader Greg Norman. The Open this year was without one notable absentee as World #1 Tiger Woods was recovering from knee surgery. Greg Norman became the oldest golfer ever to hold at least a share of the 54-hole lead when he led by 2 strokes on +2. Due to extremely high winds, no one managed to play under par for the round, and it was first time since 1986 when the 54-hole leader was not under par. Despite a wrist injury that almost forced him to withdraw prior to the tournament Harrington pulled away from the field with a tremendous back 9 and became only the fifth golfer to retain the Open Championship in the last 50 years.
In Kevin Stadler's bag...Kevin struggled at The Open Championship this week. His week started with a 72 (+2) and things got progressively worse. Rounds of 75 (+5) and 78 (+8) left him at +15 after three rounds. Kevin saw slight improvement in the final round - a 73 (+3) - but on the whole a disappointing week for the American.
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