Who's who: Craig Stadler

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Who's who: Craig Stadler

  • Name:

    Craig Robert Stadler
  • Also known as:

    The Walrus
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    June 2, 1953 in San Diego, California.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1975

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): The Masters (1982). Senior MAJORS (2): Snr Players Ch'ship (2003), The Tradition (2004). US Amateur champion (1973). Ryder Cup player (1983, '85). Multiple winner on the US, European, Champions and international tours. PGA Tour wins (12). US Champions Tour Top Money winner (2004).

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Former PGA Tour and PGA Champions Tour player.

Top tournaments won by Craig Stadler

2013
America
North Shore CC, IL
203 (-13)
$270,000
Encompass

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Venue

North Shore CC, IL

Score

203 (-13)

Prize money

$270,000

Title sponsor

Encompass

Played as the inaugural Encompass Championship (June 21-23). Second-placed Fred Couples (USA) finished 1 shot behind 60-year old Stadler (USA), who recorded his first win for well over eight years, the longest gap between wins in Champions Tour history. [North Shore CC, Glenview, nr Chicago, IL].

2004
Awards
69.30
n/a
Champions Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Venue

Score

69.30

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

Champions Tr

Stadler (USA) won the Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the Champions Tour. Hale Irwin (USA) was second with 69.58; Gil Morgan (USA) was third with 69.76.

2004
America
201 (-15)
$300,000
Wal-Mart

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Score

201 (-15)

Prize money

$300,000

Title sponsor

Wal-Mart

Played as the inaugural First Tee Open at Pebble Beach presented by Wal-Mart (Sept 3-5). Second-placed Jay Haas (USA) finished 3 shots behind Stadler (USA), who claimed his second straight Champions Tour win and fourth of the season. [Pebble Beach Golf Links & Bayonet GC, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Final round at Pebble Beach].

2004
America
TwinEagles
206 (-10)
$240,000
ACE Group

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Venue

TwinEagles

Score

206 (-10)

Prize money

$240,000

Title sponsor

ACE Group

Played as the ACE Group Classic (Feb 13-15). Stadler (USA) beat Gary Koch (USA) and Tom Watson (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Talon course, TwinEagles Club, Naples, FL].

2004
Awards
x
n/a
Champions Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

Champions Tr

Stadler (USA) won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the Champions Tour Player of the Year, based on the votes of his peers.

2004
America
201 (-15)
$232,500
Bank of America

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Score

201 (-15)

Prize money

$232,500

Title sponsor

Bank of America

Played as the Bank of America Championship (June 25-27). Second-placed Tom Kite (USA), D.A. Weibring (USA) and Tom Purtzer (USA) finished 5 shots behind Stadler (USA). [Nashawtuc CC, Concord, Massachusetts].

2004
America
199 (-17)
$270,000
SAS Institute

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Score

199 (-17)

Prize money

$270,000

Title sponsor

SAS Institute

Played as the SAS Championship presented by Forbes (Sept 24-26). Second-placed Tom Jenkins (USA) finished 6 shots behind Stadler (USA), who recorded his third straight Champions Tour win and fifth of the season. [Highlands & Meadows hybrid course, Prestonwood CC, Cary, NC].

2004
Awards
$2,306,066
see Score
Champions Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Venue

Score

$2,306,066

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Champions Tr

Stadler (USA) won the Arnold Palmer Award as the Champions Tour 2004 leading money winner, with earnings of $2,306,066 on the Tour. Hale Irwin (USA) was second with $2,035,397; Tom Kite (USA) was third with $1,831,211.

2004
Majors
275 (-13)
$345,000
JELD-WEN

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$345,000

Title sponsor

JELD-WEN

Played as the JELD-WEN Tradition (Aug 26-29). Second-placed Allen Doyle (USA) and Jerry Pate (USA) finished 1 shot behind Stadler (USA). [South course, The Reserve Vineyards & GC, Aloha, nr Portland, OR].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Score

201 (-15)

Prize money

$225,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn (Sept 26-28). Second-placed Larry Nelson (USA) finished 2 shots behind Stadler (USA). [Trent Jones Jr course, Rock Barn G&S, Conover, NC].

2003
Awards
$1,192,278
see Score
Champions Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Venue

Score

$1,192,278

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Champions Tr

Stadler (USA) won the Champions Tour 2003 Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player, based on the votes of his peers. He finished 14th on the Tour's money list, with earnings of $1,192,278.

2003
Majors
TPC Michigan
271 (-17)
$375,000
Ford

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Venue

TPC Michigan

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

$375,000

Title sponsor

Ford

Played as the Ford Senior Players Championship (July 10-13). Second-placed Tom Kite (USA), Jim Thorpe (USA) and Tom Watson (USA) finished 3 shots behind Stadler (USA), who claimed his first Champions Tour win and first senior major title. [TPC Michigan, Dearborn, Detroit, Mich.].

2003
America
267 (-21)
$540,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Venue

En-Joie

Score

267 (-21)

Prize money

$540,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the B.C. Open (July 17-20). Second-placed Alex Cejka (Ger) and Steve Lowery (USA) finished 1 shot behind Stadler (USA). "The Walrus" recorded his first PGA Tour win since 1996, but second win in as many weeks, having won on the PGA Champions Tour a week earlier. [En-Joie GC, Endicott, NY].

2003
America
198 (-15)
$225,000
SBC

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Score

198 (-15)

Prize money

$225,000

Title sponsor

SBC

Played as the SBC Championship (Oct 17-19). Second-placed Bob Gilder (USA) finished 4 shots behind Stadler (USA). [Oak Hills CC, San Antonio, TX].

2002
America
120 (-24)
$200,000
Office Depot

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Score

120 (-24)

Prize money

$200,000

Title sponsor

Office Depot

Played as the Office Depot Father/Son Challenge (Dec 14/15; post-season 36-hole scramble event). Craig & Kevin Stadler (USA) beat Hale & Steve Irwin (USA) with a 30-foot birdie putt at the first playoff hole. [Ocean Club, Paradise Island, New Providence, Bahamas].

1996
America
278 (-6)
$216,000
Nissan

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Score

278 (-6)

Prize money

$216,000

Title sponsor

Nissan

Played as the Nissan Open (Feb 22-25). Second-placed Mark Brooks (USA), Fred Couples (USA), Scott Simpson (USA) and Mark Wiebe (USA) finished 1 shot behind Stadler (USA). [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Score

268 (-20)

Prize money

$198,000

Title sponsor

Buick

Played as the Buick Invitational of California (Feb 24-27). Second-placed Steve Lowery (USA) finished 1 shot behind Stadler (USA). [South course, Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Score

276

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Stadler (USA) beat Eduardo Romero (Arg) in a playoff. [Olivos GC, Pablo Nogués, Buenos Aires].

1992
America
Firestone CC
273 (-7)
$252,000
NEC

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Venue

Firestone CC

Score

273 (-7)

Prize money

$252,000

Title sponsor

NEC

Played as the NEC World Series of Golf (Aug 27-30). Second-placed Corey Pavin (USA) finished 1 shot behind Stadler (USA), who recorded his tenth PGA Tour win. [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Score

277 (-7)

Prize money

$360,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Tour Championship (Oct 31-Nov 3). Stadler (USA) beat Russ Cochran (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole (par-3 17th), to end a seven-year winless streak on the PGA Tour. [No.2 Course, Pinehurst Resort, NC].

1990
Europe
268 (-20)
£66,660
Scandinavian Enterprise

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Score

268 (-20)

Prize money

£66,660

Title sponsor

Scandinavian Enterprise

Played as the (last) Scandinavian Enterprise Open (June 7-10; in 1991 this event was merged with the PLM Open to create the Scandinavian Masters tournament). Second-placed Craig Parry (Aus) finished 4 shots behind Stadler (USA), who recorded the second of his two European Tour wins. [Royal Drottningholm GC, nr Stockholm; at the time known as Drottningholm GC].

1987
Japan
277 (-11)
¥25million
Dunlop

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

¥25million

Title sponsor

Dunlop

Played as the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (Nov 19-22; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Scott Hoch (USA) finished 1 shot behind Stadler (USA), who claimed his first and only Japan Tour win. [Phoenix CC, Miyazaki, Japan].

1985
Europe
267 (-21)
£32,080
Ebel

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Score

267 (-21)

Prize money

£32,080

Title sponsor

Ebel

Played as the Ebel European Masters Swiss Open. Second-placed David Feherty (N.Ire) and Ove Sellberg (Swe) finished 2 shots behind Stadler (USA). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Score

276 (-8)

Prize money

$90,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Byron Nelson Golf Classic (May 10-13). Second-placed David Edwards (USA) finished 1 shot behind Stadler (USA). [Sports Club course, Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas, Irving, nr Dallas, TX].

1982
America
Firestone CC
278 (-2)
$100,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Venue

Firestone CC

Score

278 (-2)

Prize money

$100,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the World Series of Golf (Aug 26-29). Stadler (USA) beat Raymond Floyd (USA) with a par at the fourth playoff hole. [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].

1982
America
275 (-13)
$72,000
Kemper Insurance

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$72,000

Title sponsor

Kemper Insurance

Played as the Kemper Open (June 3-6). Second-placed Seve Ballesteros (Esp) finished 7 shots behind defending champion Stadler (USA). [Blue course, Congressional CC, Bethesda, Maryland].

1982
Majors
284 (-4)
$64,000
x

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Score

284 (-4)

Prize money

$64,000

Title sponsor

x

The Masters Tournament (46th) (April 8-11). Stadler (USA) beat Dan Pohl (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole (par-4 10th), to record his first major championship win. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].

1982
Awards
$446,462
see Score
PGA Tour

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Venue

Score

$446,462

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA Tour

Stadler (USA) won the Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA Tour 1982 leading money winner, with earnings of $446,462 on the Tour. Raymond Floyd (USA) was second with $386,809; Tom Kite (USA) was third with $341,081.

1982
America
266 (-14)
$54,000
Joe Garagiola

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Score

266 (-14)

Prize money

$54,000

Title sponsor

Joe Garagiola

Played as the Joe Garagiola Tucson Open (Jan 7-10). Second-placed Vance Heafner (USA) and John Mahaffey (USA) finished 3 shots behind Stadler (USA). [North course, Randolph GC, Tucson, AZ].

1981
America
270 (-18)
$72,000
Kemper Insurance

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

$72,000

Title sponsor

Kemper Insurance

Played as the Kemper Open. Second-placed Tom Watson (USA) and Tom Weiskopf (USA) finished 6 shots behind Stadler (USA). [Blue course, Congressional CC, Bethesda, Maryland].

1980
America
Forest Oaks CC
275 (-13)
$45,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Venue

Forest Oaks CC

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (April 3-6). Second-placed George Burns (USA), Billy Kratzert (USA), Jerry Pate (USA) and Jack Newton (Aus) finished 6 shots behind Stadler (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro, NC].

1980
America
La Quinta CC, Cal
343 (-17)
$50,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Venue

La Quinta CC, Cal

Score

343 (-17)

Prize money

$50,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Bob Hope Desert Classic (Jan 10-13; PGA Tour 1980 season-opener). Second-placed Tom Purtzer (USA) and Mike Sullivan (USA) finished 2 shots behind first-time PGA Tour winner Stadler (USA). [La Quinta CC, Coachella Valley, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Bermuda Dunes CC; Indian Wells CC; Eldorado CC].

1978
America
Hattiesburg CC
268 (-12)
$7,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Venue

Hattiesburg CC

Score

268 (-12)

Prize money

$7,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Magnolia State Classic (April 6-9; unofficial PGA Tour "satellite" event). Second-placed Bob Eastwood (USA) and Bruce Fleisher (USA) finished 1 shot behind Stadler (USA), who secured victory with a final round 7-under-par 63. [Hattiesburg CC, Hattiesburg, MS].

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Stadler, Craig

Score

6 & 5

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Amateur Championship (73rd). Stadler (USA) beat David Strawn (USA) 6 and 5 in the 36-hole final. The tournament reverted to a match play format, having switched to strokeplay in 1965. [Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio].

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