Stadler, Scott share first-round Walker lead

Updated: February 9, 2006, 1:45 PM ET
Associated Press

PERTH, Australia -- Kevin Stadler, the son of golf star Craig Stadler, and defending champion Adam Scott of Australia shot 8-under-par 64s Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Johnnie Walker Classic.

Kevin Stadler
David Cannon/Getty ImagesStadler, who lost his PGA Tour place after a poor 2005 season, is headed to the Nationwide Tour this year.

South Korea's K.J. Choi was at 65 while Australia's Richard Green and Tony Carolan and France's Jean Van de Velde were another stroke behind at 66 in the $2.1 million event sanctioned by the European, Asian and Australasian tours.

Retief Goosen of South Africa and Michael Campbell of New Zealand were well back at 72 on a warm, windy day.

Scott has yet to win a tournament in his home country. He captured the title last year in Beijing by leading from the first round. Trailing Stadler by three shots with three holes to play, Scott birdied the 16th and 17th before just missing an eagle putt on the 18th, which would have given him the outright lead.

"It was a great opening round," he said. "And I certainly had a lot of opportunities and I made some putts."

Stadler was hurt by a three-putt on No. 17 for a bogey.

"I just hit a really bad putt," he said.

Stadler, who lost his PGA Tour place after a poor 2005 season, is headed to the Nationwide Tour. He received an invitation to this tournament.

Stadler looks like his father, who won the 1982 Masters.

"I beat him occasionally," the younger Stadler said. "But if we are both playing our best then he can still get the better of me."

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