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Stadler outlasts Watson to win Phoenix Open



Scottsdale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Stadler carded a 3-under 68 on Sunday to claim a 1-stroke victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Bubba Watson had a chance to force a playoff with a 5-foot par putt at the 18th, but could not convert to hand Stadler his first career win on the PGA Tour.

Stadler, who was making his 239th career start on tour, finished the tournament at 16-under-par 268.

"It wasn't pretty," Stadler said in a televised interview about the win. "I hit a lot of good shots and a lot of ugly shots, but it all worked out."

Graham DeLaet fired a 6-under 65 to meet Watson (71) in second place at 15- under 269. Hunter Mahan (68) and Hideki Matsuyama (69) tied for fourth at 14- under.

Charles Howell III (65), Brendan Steele (69) and Ryan Moore (70) shared sixth place at TPC Scottsdale at 13-under 271.

Watson and Stadler went to the 18th tee tied at 16-under, and Watson hit his drive in the right rough as Stadler split the fairway with his tee shot.

Watson then sailed his second shot into the gallery past the green, while Stadler settled his second about 11 feet from the hole.

Stadler could not convert his birdie effort, but was handed the win when Watson failed to roll in his par putt after chipping to within six feet.

"Obviously I would have liked to make that putt there and won it that way, but it's been a long time coming and I'll take (the win) any way I can get it," said Stadler.

Watson entered the second round with a 2-stroke lead, but Stadler quickly erased that advantage with birdies from 10 and 26 feet at the first and second, respectively, to meet Watson at 15-under.

Watson and Stadler would trade birdies at third to remain tied before Watson stuck his tee shot at the par-3 fourth to five feet and converted that birdie effort to reclaim sole possession of first at 17-under.

After the duo each parred the next four holes, Stadler used a 2-stroke swing at the ninth to jump ahead.

Stadler made birdie at the hole after hitting his second shot to within four feet of the pin and converting that putt to move to 17-under, while Watson failed to get up and down for par from a greenside bunker to drop to minus-16.

Stadler could not hang on to his lead for long, as he was forced to take a penalty stroke for an unplayable lie at the 11th following an errant drive into a cactus. He would eventually post a double-bogey 6 at the hole to drop him a shot behind Watson at 15-under.

Matsuyama, meanwhile, recorded short birdie putts at the third, 10th and 13th around 10 pars to move into a share of second place with Stadler.

Mahan would make it a three-way tie for second when he converted a 13-foot birdie putt at the 16th. It was his third birdie in his last four holes and his fifth gain overall.

Watson then scrambled for par at the 15th after hitting his drive into the water to remain atop the leaderboard at 16-under, while Stadler did the same when he found the water with his second shot at the same hole to remain at minus-15.

Matsuyama lost his share of second place with a bogey at the 16th, but he was replaced by DeLaet when he closed his round with back-to-back birdies at the 17th and 18th to head into the clubhouse at 15-under.

Mahan 3-putted for bogey at the 17th to leave DeLaet and Stadler at 15-under before Watson hit his tee shot at the par-3 16th into a bunker en route to a bogey to meet them there.

Watson and Stadler each drove the green of the par-4 17th, and each player was able to convert their 2-putt birdies to move to 16-under heading into the final hole.

NOTES: Stadler and his father, Craig, will be the first father and son to compete at the Masters at the same time ... The Stadlers are the ninth father- son duo to win on the PGA Tour ... Watson has not posted a round over par in 30 career rounds at TPC Scottsdale ... Watson now has three top-10 finishes at this tournament.

02/02 18:48:38 ET

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Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
Half
CLEM 21
NCSU 20
 
Final
DET 15
BAL 2
 
Final
MIA 7
MIAFLA 1
 
Final
PHI 5
NYY 5
 
Final
BOS 2
NEASTERN 1
 
Final
TOR 7
PIT 8
 
Final
CIN 10
CLE 0
 
Final
OAK 9
SFG 4
 
Final
BOS 1
BOSTONCOLL 0
 
Final
ARI 4
ASU 0
 
Final
CLE 110
BOS 79
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
NYK 86
SAC 124
Final
ATL 104
HOU 96
 
4th
MEM 71
UTA 85
 
4th
CHI 80
WAS 72
 
2nd
DEN 46
MIL 50
 
Final
UMO 70
AKR 63
 
Final
NAVY 56
ARMY 52
 
Final
BST 60
EMICH 67
 
Final
BUT 54
GEOR 60
 
Final
IND 63
IOWA 77
 
Final
FLGC 81
JVU 63
 
Final
USCU 90
KNST 54
 
Final
BGU 80
KSU 81
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 73
LIP 76
 
Final
HC 62
GHND 45
 
Final
RUTG 50
MD 60
 
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
Final
BUF 93
OHIO 66
 
Final
ALA 74
MISS 82
 
Final
DAY 75
RIU 59
 
Final
CMICH 85
TOL 77
 
Final
DET 77
YOUNG 67
 
Final
UNF 81
STET 67
 
Final
ABCHRIST 83
HOUB 71
 
Final
NDAK 78
NEOM 80
 
2nd
NILL 64
WMICH 60
 
Final
ILLCH 60
WRST 57
 
Half
MIZZ 30
AUB 30
 
1st
UGA 27
KENT 32
 
Half
NW 27
MICH 34
 
Half
CLEM 21
NCSU 20
 
Half
UF 26
TEXAM 23
 
1st
KU 24
WVU 40
 
1st
CREI 24
VILL 17
 
Final
PHI 2
CAL 3
Final
NJD 3
NAS 1
Final
CLB 3
WAS 5
3rd
TAM 3
BUF 0
 
3rd
FLA 2
TOR 2
 
3rd
MIN 2
OTT 2
 
2nd
DAL 0
NYI 1
 
2nd
ARI 0
ANA 1
 
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