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Kevin Stadler gets 'well-done' tap from his father

Kevin Stadler reacts after putting on the 18th

Kevin Stadler reacts after putting on the 18th green during the third round of the 78th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2014 in Augusta, Ga. Credit: Getty Images / Emmanuel Dunand

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Kevin Stadler had a one-person reception committee behind the 18th green Sunday. The interaction involved only a quick tap on the shoulder -- Stadler did bogey the last hole -- but it did mean more than it looked.

Craig Stadler, his father and the 1982 Masters champion, stayed around after having missed the cut to finish a historic week -- the first time a dad and son ever had played in the same Masters. It reflected a thaw in a relationship that has been frosty.

"It's been a great week having him out here," the younger Stadler said after having finished at par, tied for eighth. "It would be cool if he played again."

The son acknowledged that it was not a sentimental scene coming off 18. "I was a little too [ticked] off to talk to him, really," he said. "Unfortunately, I got a bad gene I inherited from him. He knows what's going through my mind."

Kuchar's tough going

Matt Kuchar, who had seemed destined to win a green jacket when he had a solid Masters as an amateur in 1998, fell well short again. He double-bogeyed No. 4 when he was tied for the lead, and never recovered. "It's an exciting place to be. But it's a tough one," he said after tying for fifth at 2 under par, six strokes behind champion Bubba Watson. "You get in that situation and you hope you take advantage. But it's a lot better in this position than playing early on Sunday, that's for sure."

 

Par 5s undo McIlroy

Rory McIlroy showed he has yet to get anywhere near the extraordinary form that brought him blowout wins in the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 PGA. He was merely ordinary, particularly on the par 5s, which he played in even par for the week, "Which you just can't do out here," he said.

After his final round 69 left him at par for the tournament, he also sounded the refrain often said by golfers who aren't in contention: "It's been a frustrating week because I felt like from tee to green, I played as good as the leaders."

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