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Phoenix Open: Kevin Stadler wins maiden PGA Tour title in play-off

Kevin Stadler claimed his first PGA Tour title at the Phoenix Open after watching Bubba Watson miss a five-foot putt on the last to force a nervy play-off.

Stadler, 33, hit a three-under 68 for a one-stroke win over fellow American counterpart Watson and Canadian Graham DeLaet.

Stadler is the son of 1982 Masters champion Craig, and he was quick to celebrate after winning his first PGA Tour title after a previous 239 starts without success. The victory also sees him earn a place at Augusta this year.

Martin Laird was the best-placed European player at the event, finishing nine shots adrift.

Former Masters champion Bubba Watson, who had a two-shot lead going into the final day, had his worst round of the week after carding a level-par 71. American Hunter Mahan and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama finished the game in a tie for fourth place, one shot further back.

Did you know?

Kevin’s victory at the Phoenix Open means the Stadlers are the ninth father-and-son winners in Tour history.