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Stadlers to make Masters history

AFP-JIJI

Craig and Kevin Stadler will become the first father and son to play in the same Masters this week, but relations remain complicated between the two following a divorce.

Craig Stadler, the 60-year-old winner of the 1982 Masters, divorced Sue, Kevin’s mother, in 2006.

And much of Kevin’s success has involved being known as the son of the PGA veteran known as “Walrus”, who is making his 38th and possibly final Masters start as his son is making his first.

“This is a very cool thing,” Craig Stadler said. “It’s emotional in a very good way. I was hoping it would happen some day. It’s going to be just a wonderful week. I hope he plays really well and I hope I don’t embarrass myself.”

The younger Stadler said he had no qualms about appearing side-by-side with his father despite past issues.

“It’s going to be good,” Kevin Stadler said. “It’s my dad. It is what it is.”