Kevin Stadler wins Phoenix Open by one shot

Overnight leader Bubba Watson settles for second place

Kevin Stadler poses with the championship trophy after winning the Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Kevin Stadler poses with the championship trophy after winning the Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Sun, Feb 2, 2014, 23:54

Burly American Kevin Stadler overhauled his playing partner Bubba Watson to win his maiden PGA Tour tournament by just one shot at the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Arizona yesterday.

Two strokes behind the pacesetting Watson overnight, Stadler birdied his first three holes on the way to a three-under-par 68 for a 16-under total of 268 at the TPC Scottsdale.

Stadler narrowly missed a birdie attempt from 10 feet at the par-four 18th, then watched nervously as Watson missed a five-footer for par that would have forced a playoff.

Watson had to settle for a closing 71 and a share of second place at 15 under with Canadian Graham DeLaet (65).

Stadler won in his 239th PGA Tour start, earning a spot in the Masters – a tournament his father won in 1982.

The Stadlers are the ninth father-son winners in tour history.