The Smallrus finally hoisted a big PGA Tour trophy.
Kevin Stadler, the 33-year-old son of major champion Craig “The Walrus” Stadler, won the Phoenix Open on Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz., for his first PGA Tour victory. Stadler won when playing partner Bubba Watson missed a 5-foot par putt on 18.
“It was a little weird way to win a golf tournament,” Stadler said. “I fully expected him to make the putt. I would have rather made mine to win it.”
Stadler closed with a 3-under 68 for a 1-stroke victory over Watson and Canadian Graham DeLaet. Watson shot 71, and DeLaet had a 65.
Stadler won in his 239th tour start, earning a spot in the Masters — a tournament his father won in 1982. The Stadlers are the ninth father-son winners in tour history.
Stephen Gallacher of Scotland shot a final-round 72 to become the first player to successfully defend the Dubai Desert Classic title, beating Emiliano Grillo of Argentina by 1 stroke.
Gallacher fought back after four bogeys over his opening eight left him in a five-way tie for the lead after 11 holes.
He won the 25-year-old tournament with an overall 16-under 272 for only his third victory in 18 years and 431 events on the European Tour.
Grillo secured his best Tour finish with an overall 15-under 273 when he eagled the last hole for a 66.
Rory McIlroy struggled with a 74 to finish tied for ninth while top-ranked Tiger Woods (71) birdied his closing three holes for a share of 41st with a 6-under 282.
Ladies European Tour
Mi Hyang Lee of South Korea shot a course-record 9-under 63 to win the Women’s New Zealand Golf Open in Christchurch, New Zealand, by a stroke ahead of defending champion Lydia Ko.
Lee, ranked 256th and whose best finish in 2013 was a tie for 19th at the Evian Championship, had an eagle and seven birdies in a final round that saw her leap 20 places into the lead.