Walrus and son set for 'very, very cool' Masters

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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Craig Stadler is ready for "a very, very cool" experience at this week's Masters where he and his son Kevin will become the first father-son duo to compete together in the season's opening major.

Kevin Stadler made it all possible when he won his maiden PGA Tour title at the Phoenix Open in February, and just in time with his father planning to make his final appearance at Augusta National in this year's edition.

"I can't think of a better way to do it (make his Masters swansong) than playing with your son in the same tournament," former champion Craig Stadler told reporters at a rain-drenched Augusta National on Monday with his son sitting by his side.

"It's awesome. This is a very, very cool thing, and thanks to Kev here, 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."

The elder Stadler, who won the 1982 Masters along with 12 other titles on the PGA Tour, has taken great satisfaction from watching his son develop into a champion golfer on the U.S. circuit.

"I'm so proud of the way he's played the last three, four years," said the 60-year-old, who is affectionately nicknamed "The Walrus" because of his portly build and fulsome moustache.

"He has been close (to winning) a zillion times and finally got it done, so this will be a very special week.

"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."   Continued...

 
Craig Stadler (C) of the U.S. watches his hole-in-one on the first hole during the Par-3 tournament ahead of the 2011 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, April 6, 2011. REUTERS/Hans Deryk