Craig Stadler hangs on for Encompass victory, first win since 2004

June 23, 2013 at 6:42 PM
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GLENVIEW, Ill., June 23 (UPI) -- Craig Stadler survived a near-meltdown Sunday, posting a one-stroke win at the Encompass Championship Sunday to notch his first Champions Tour title since 2004.

The 60-year-old Stadler, who started the final round with a two-shot advantage, recovered after dropping three strokes over a four-hole span on the back nine to finish with a round of 1-under-par 71, ending the tournament at 13-under 203.

The 1982 Masters champ -- who had logged just one Top 10 finish this season in nine starts -- outpaced Fred Couples by a single shot at North Shore Country Club.

Couples had a chance to force a playoff but bogeyed the 18th for a 6-under 66, ending alone in second place at minus-12.

Charging into a share of third place at 11-under 205 was Mark O'Meara, who carded a 4-under 68.

Also knotted in third were David Frost (70), Bernhard Langer (69), Tom Lehman (69), Tom Pernice, Jr. (67), Kenny Perry (67) and Jeff Sluman (71).

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