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Kevin Stadler moves into Top 100 with comeback win in Phoenix

Kevin Stadler’s maiden PGA Tour victory helped the son of Craig Stadler move into the Top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings. 

Stadler (16-under overall) captured the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a solid final round helped by a Bubba Watson bogey at the 72nd hole to win by a shot. Watson, who hasn’t won since the Masters in 2012, had a share of the lead after each round but failed to close the door Sunday at TPC Scottsdale missing a five-foot on the 18th hole.

Stadler, who jumped from 127th to 57th with the victory, now earns a spot in the 77th Masters, a tournament his father won in 1982.

Watson and Graham DeLaet finished T-2. They each moved up in the world rankings. Watson is now 25th, while DeLaet improved to eight places to 26th. The Canadian was runner-up the prior week to Scott Stallings at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Hunter Mahan and Hideki Matsuyama logged T-4 efforts at 14-under and just two back. Charles Howell III, Webb Simpson, Ryan Moore, Brendan Steele and Harris English recorded Top 10s.

The Top 5 in the world was unchanged with Tiger Woods on top followed by Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson.

Zach Johnson moved ahead of Rory McIlroy into the No. 6 slot. Rory slipped a spot. He was the 54-hole leader on the European Tour at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic but ended up T-9.

Thanks to his title defense in Dubai, Stephen Gallacher ascended to 30 places to No. 37 in the world.

Other Golf News:

  • Paul Casey, a former Top 5 player in the world, rallied back into the Top 100 at No. 91. He recorded a T-9 at the Dubai Desert Classic.
  • The European Tour hosts the Joburg Open this week.
  • Brooks Koepka, an American-born player competing on the European Tour, finished T-3 in Dubai to move him to 68th in the latest rankings.
  • The PGA Tour moves to California this week for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. 
  • Stadler ended up 68th on the PGA Tour Money List a year ago, although he was 7th in the All-Around Ranking. He was a 125-to-1 underdog to win the title at Ladbrokes.com to start the week in Phoenix.