Kevin Stadler won the Phoenix Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title when playing partner Bubba Watson missed a five-footer for par on the final hole.
Stadler, the 33-year-old son of PGA Tour winner Craig Stadler, closed with a three-under-par 68 for a one-stroke victory over Watson and Canadian Graham DeLaet.
“It was a little weird way to win a golf tournament,” Stadler said. “I fully expected him to make the putt. I would have rather made mine to win it.”
Added Watson, “He beat me. He's a great player.”
Stadler won in his 239th PGA Tour start, earning a spot in the Masters, a tournament his father won in 1982. The Stadlers are the ninth father-son winners in tour history.
The Stadlers are the ninth father-son winners in tour history and will be the first to play in the same Masters.
“It's going to great for me because it's really my last one,” said Craig Stadler, a 13-time PGA Tour winner with nine Champions Tour victories. “I kept saying, 'When he gets in, that's my last one.’ … I'm proud of him. It's awesome.”
Stadler finished at 16-under 268 at TPC Scottsdale, his home course. Raised in Colorado, he played in Denver Broncos colors, wearing an orange shirt and blue pants and hat.
Watson shot a 71 and DeLaet had a 65. Watson, the third-round leader, is winless since the 2012 Masters.
Phil Mickelson closed with a 71 to tie for 42nd at three under. He was making his 25th appearance in the event he won in 1996, 2005 and 2013. The event drew an estimated 563,008 spectators, breaking the seven-day record of 538,356 set in 2008. The tournament set records the last five days, drawing a golf-record 189,722 on Saturday and 60,232 on Sunday.
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