PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Kevin Stadler hits a tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club on February 7, 2010 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
The USGA has a long tradition of grouping players with similarities, and they just couldn’t resist putting three large men together.
Brendon de Jonge, Shane Lowry and Kevin Stadler have been grouped together to compete in the 2014 U.S. Open, which began Thursday. The three golfers are listed at 230, 225 and 250 pounds, respectively, which has Stadler’s caddie, Shannon Wallis, coining the group “The Heavyweights.”
“When I saw it, I was pretty annoyed,” said Lowry. “I think it’s very cheeky of the USGA to do what they’ve done. I don’t think it’s fair to the three of us. It’s a mockery, to be honest.”
This isn’t the first time such a thing has happened, though. In fact, it happened to Stadler the last time he competed in the U.S. Open back in 2006, when he was grouped with a couple of other not-so-slight comrades, Tim Herron and Carl Pettersson.
“I was kind of expecting it, honestly,” Stadler said of the grouping, “just because they did it last time.”
USGA Managing Director of Rules and Competitions Jeff Hall said that unique groupings is part of U.S. Open tradition.
“There are some themes, you know,” said Hall. “There’s a fair amount of leeway.”
When asked what the specific theme was for the group of De Jonge, Lowry and Stadler, Hall replied: “I’ve got to be careful. We have some fun.”
It appears as though Lowry was the only one offended by the pairing, as De Jonge and Stadler simply brushed it off.
“I was actually pretty amused by it,” De Jonge said with a smile. “I wasn’t offended at all.”
“I don’t care,” Stadler insisted. “It’s not like I don’t pretend that I’m not a fat-ass.”Filed under: Golf, Nick Solari, Top Stories