Who's who in golf - Craig Stadler

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Name: - Craig Stadler
Country: - USA
Born : - Jun 2, 1953
Original Home/Club: - San Diego, California
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1975

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1) : The Masters (1982). US Amateur Champion (1973). Senior Majors (2) : Snr Players Ch'ship (2003), The Tradition (2004). Ryder Cup player (1983, 1985). Multiple winner on the US, European, Champions and international tours (see Tournament listing below). PGA Tour wins (12). US Champions Tour Top Money winner (2004).

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Current Champions Tour player.

Top tournaments won by Craig Stadler

2013Snr AmericaEncompass ChampionshipNorth Shore CC, IL203 (-13)$270,000
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].
2004Snr AmericaBank of America Ch'shipNashawtuc CC201 (-15)$232,500
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].
2004Snr AmericaChubb ClassicTwinEagles206 (-10)$240,000
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].
2004Snr AwardsLow Stroke Ave - US Snr Tr69.30n/a
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.
2004Snr AwardsMoney Winner - US Snr Tr$2,306,066see Score
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.
2004Snr AwardsPlyr of Yr - US Snr Trxn/a
Stadler (USA) won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the Champions Tour Player of the Year, based on the votes of his peers.
2004Snr AmericaPure Insurance Ch'shipPebble Beach201 (-15)$300,000
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].
2004Snr AmericaSAS ChampionshipPrestonwood CC199 (-17)$270,000
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].
2004Snr MajorsThe TraditionReserve V&GC, The275 (-13)$345,000
Played as the JELD-WEN Tradition (Aug 26-29). Second-placed Allen Doyle (USA) and Jerry Pate (USA) finished 1 shot behind Stadler (USA). [The Reserve Vineyards & GC, Aloha, nr Portland, OR].
2003Men AmericaB.C. OpenEn-Joie GC267 (-21)$540,000
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].
2003Snr AmericaGtr Hickory ClassicRock Barn G&S201 (-15)$225,000
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].
2003Snr AwardsRookie of Yr - US Snr Tr$1,192,278see Score
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.
2003Snr AmericaSan Antonio Ch'shipOak Hills CC, TX198 (-15)$225,000
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].
2003Snr MajorsSenior Players Ch'shipTPC Michigan271 (-17)$375,000
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.].
2002Snr AmericaFather/Son ChallengeOcean Club120 (-24)$200,000
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].
1996Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenRiviera CC, Calif.278 (-6)$216,000
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].
1994Men AmericaFarmers Insurance OpenTorrey Pines268 (-20)$198,000
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].
1992Men AmericaArgentine OpenOlivos GC276
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].
1992Men AmericaWorld Series of GolfFirestone CC273 (-7)$252,000
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].
1991Men AmericaTour Championship (PGA Tr)Pinehurst No.2277 (-7)$360,000
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].
1990Men EuropeScand Ent'prise OpenRoyal Drottningholm268 (-20)£66,660
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].
1987Men JapanDunlop PhoenixPhoenix CC, Jpn277 (-11)¥25million
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].
1985Men EuropeEuropean MastersCrans-sur-Sierre267 (-21)£32,080
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].
1984Men AmericaByron Nelson Ch'shipTPC Las Colinas276 (-8)$90,000
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].
1982Men AmericaKemper OpenCongressional CC275 (-13)$72,000
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].
1982Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$446,462see Score
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.
1982Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National284 (-4)$64,000
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].
1982Men AmericaTucson OpenRandolph GC266 (-14)$54,000
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). [Randolph GC, Tucson, AZ; at the time known as the North Course at Randolph Park].
1982Men AmericaWorld Series of GolfFirestone CC278 (-2)$100,000
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].
1981Men AmericaKemper OpenCongressional CC270 (-18)$72,000
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].
1980Men AmericaDesert ClassicLa Quinta CC, Cal343 (-17)$50,000
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].
1980Men AmericaWyndham Ch'shipForest Oaks CC275 (-13)$45,000
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].
1978Men AmericaSanderson Farms Ch'shipHattiesburg CC268 (-12)$7,000
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].
1973Men AmateurUS AmateurInverness Club6 & 5n/a
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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