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Masters history lives in Craig and Kevin Stadler

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AUGUSTA, Ga. - The nasty weather moved out of Augusta Monday night, allowing patrons to return to Augusta National for the practice rounds of the Masters.

Plenty of families travel to Augusta to enjoy the course, but, there is one golf family that is enjoying playing in the tournament.

The Masters is a golf tournament rich in history and tradition, but, every time you think you have seen everything that can happen here. New history is made this week and that history lies within the Stadler family.

“They represent the first father and son to play in the same Masters in our over 80 year history," said a Masters representative.

‘They’ are the Stadlers. You might remember father Craig winning the Masters in 1982. Even though he has a green jacket, he says he is latching on to his son's success.

"Thanks to Kev here, I got back to the press room for the first time in about twenty years. I haven't even been here since it was built, I don't think," said Craig Stadler.

Kevin grew up around the Masters. He says he loved following his dad around Augusta National. But, this is the first time he has stepped up to the tee box.

"I know this place really, really well. But, I have never played it. It's going to be a blast. I just don't really know what I'm getting myself into. It's going to be really enjoyable,” Kevin said.

Kevin tends to put up lower numbers than his father these days, But, it hasn't always been that way.

"I don't really remember ever beating him. I don't know what happened. I know when I was a kid, I'd shoot 77, and he would shoot 76. I would shoot 68 and he would shoot 67. That's kind of how it added up strangely enough. I don't know if he had a special pencil or how that worked,” said Kevin.

Craig might want to find that special pencil. He says he isn't the Stadler who has a real chance to win the tournament.

"I'm going to be out there slashing around and trying to make the cut and he is going to try to win the golf tournament. In that regard, it is a little different,” said Craig.

It has been, and will be an emotional week for the father and son. But, they are still focus on playing solid golf.

"There is no distraction about it. I think everybody is trying to make a distraction out of it other than us. We are just having a great time being together," said Craig.

They just enjoy being around each other and playing golf. Craig said the most emotional he has gotten is when he looked up on the groupings board and saw the names beside each other: K. Stadler and C.Stadler.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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