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.