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February 05, 2014

Some interesting information and happenings from the past week in golf

From assorted sources, including the PGA Tour:

This year's Waste Management Phoenix Open set a tournament and PGA Tour record with weekly attendance of 563,008. The previous record of 538,356 was set in 2008 when the Super Bowl was held on the same day as the tournament's final round at University of Phoenix Stadium in nearby Glendale, Ariz.
The Super Bowl will return to Glendale next February.
With attendance of 563,008 for the week, TPC Scottsdale was Arizona’s second-most populated “city.” By comparison, Tucson has a population of 520,116.
The big crowds have helped the community in return, as the Waste Management Phoenix Open and host Thunderbirds have raised more than $60 million for local charities since 2004. 

Following Kevin Stadler’s win at last week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, his dad, former Masters champion Craig Stadler, mentioned in a post-round phone call with local media that the 2014 Masters Tournament will be his last start at the annual event. It will mark what is believed to be the first time a father and son have teed it up in the same year at the Masters Tournament.

Kevin and Craig Stadler (a 13-time PGA Tour winner) are the ninth father-son combo to win on the PGA TOUR. Jay Haas and Bill Haas were the last to perform the feat.

The rest of the list of father-son champions: Tom Morris Sr. (1861 British Open) and Tom Morris Jr. (1868 British Open), Willie Park Sr. (1860 British Open) and Willie Park Jr. (1887 British Open), Joe Kirkwood Sr. (1923 California Open) and Joe Kirkwood Jr. (1949 Philadelphia Inquirer Open), Jack Burke Sr. (1925 Texas PGA Championship) and Jack Burke Jr. (1950 Rio Grande Valley Open), Clayton Heafner (1941 Mahoning Valley Open) and Vance Heafner (1981 Walt Disney World National Team Championship), Julius Boros (1952 U.S. Open) and Guy Boros (1996 Greater Vancouver Open), Al Geiberger (1962 Ontario Open) and Brent Geiberger (1999 Canon Greater Hartford Open), and Jay Haas (1978 San Diego Open Invitational) and Bill Haas (2010 Bob Hope Classic).

In each of the past two years, Kevin Stadler has shot 16 under at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He won the tournament on Sunday with that total. In 2013, he finished 12 strokes behind Phil Mickelson, who won at 28 under.

As past champions, Fred Couples (T54) and Colin Montgomerie (T48) returned to the 25th anniversary of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and played all four rounds against European Tour competition. Making the cut meant Couples, a Seattle Seahawks season-ticket holder, missed attending the Super Bowl in New Jersey. He'll probably regret that for awhile considering how Seahawk followers were able to rejoice from start to finish.

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