Born: February 5, 1980
Birthplace: Reno, Nevada
Height: 5 ft, 10 in
Turned Pro: 2002
College: University of Southern California
Sponsors: Srixon, Fidra
Kevin Stadler was born in Nevada but moved with his family to Denver. Stadler won the 1997 Doug Sanders Junior World Championship. He played high school golf in Denver and played college golf for the USC Trojans. Stadler turned professional after college and began playing mini-tour events.
In 2004, Stadler broke through with two wins on the Nationwide Tour and finished 13th on the year end money list, earning his PGA Tour card for the 2005 season.
Stadler finished 165th on the PGA Tour money list during the 2005 season. He planned on re-establishing himself on the Nationwide Tour in 2006. However, early in the year, Stadler won the Johnnie Walker Classic in Australia – a European Tour event.
The win gave Stadler playing privileges on the more lucrative European Tour and he split his time in 2006 playing a mix of Nationwide and European Tour events. Stadler would win twice on the Nationwide in 2006 and was high enough on the year end money list to obtain a PGA Tour card for the 2007 season.
Stadler has remained on the PGA Tour since 2007. In 2014, in his 239th start, he broke through and won the title at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, beating Bubba Watson by one shot. He went on to earn more than $2.3 million that season and finished 38th in the FedEx Cup standings. Additionally, Stadler made the cut in all four of the Major tournaments in the 2014 season.
Stadler is the son of Masters Champion Craig Stadler. They became the first father and son to play together in the Masters Tournament in April 2014. His nickname, “Smallrus”, is a play on his father’s nickname, “the Walrus.”