Masters 2014: Walrus and Smallrus watch as Stadlers make history
Masters 2014: Past champion Craig Stadler and Kevin, a PGA Tour winner this year, become first father-son combo at Augusta
This week at Augusta, well for two days more likely after Craig Stadler’s opening ten-over-par 82, a walrus and his son will be battling to avoid sand and water.
Craig and Kevin, ranked 60 in the world, are also the first father-son combo to compete in the same Masters and the 1982 champion, nicknamed ‘The Walrus’ due to his stout figure and hairbrush-esque moustache, says it will make for the perfect swansong.
“I can’t think of a better way to do it than playing with your son in the same tournament,” said Craig.
“It’s awesome. This is a very, very cool thing, and thanks to Kev, I got back to the (interview) room for the first time in about 20 years. I haven’t been here since it was built, I don’t think.
“I’m so proud of the way he (Kevin) has played the last three, four years.
“I’m just going to be out there slashing around, trying to make the cut, and he’s going to be trying to win the golf tournament. It’s going to be a wonderful week for us.”
PGA Tour regular Kevin made this all possible by winning his first PGA Tour title in February at the Phoenix Open. Similarly portly in physique to his father, Kevin has been dubbed ‘The Smallrus’.
Having fallen in love with Augusta as a child, like many golfers, Kevin showed no signs of nerves in his opening 70.
“I couldn’t wait for April every year when I was a kid, to come out here and just run rampant around the course and just watch him (Craig) play,” Kevin said.
“I used to love tagging around at tournaments, just watching the golf. It was what I got the most enjoyment out of when I was a kid.
“I’m incredibly excited to be here and to play, and it’s going to be really, really fun to be on the inside of the ropes.”
If the ‘Smallrus’ can string together a few more under-par rounds the Masters may have another first following on from Adam Scott’s victory last year, the maiden win by an Australian golfer at Augusta.