The USGA enjoys clever pairings when it comes to the US Open – two guys from England playing alongside Harris English; past champions of particular tournaments; a trio of Aussies and a trio of Georgians.
But the pairing of Kevin Stadler, Brendon de Jonge and Shane Lowry on the first day of the second Major of 2014 was no laughing matter to either Lowry or Stadler.
Stadler, despite having lost 20 pounds in the last half-year, weighs 220 pounds; de Jonge checks in at 230 and Stadler weighs 250.
“When I saw it, I was pretty annoyed,” Lowry said. “I don’t think it’s fair to the three of us. It’s a mockery to be honest.”
Lowry shot an opening-round 73 on Thursday.
Stadler, whose father Craig was hefty enough to be nicknamed “The Walrus”, and who himself carries the moniker of “the Smallrus” – says he expects little else from the USGA.
“I’ts not like I don’t pretend that I”m not (overweight),” Stadler said. “It’s a little mean and insensitive, a 5-year-old’s sense of humor.”
Stadler said he didn’t really care about the pairing, as it has happened to him before at the US Open.
De Jonge had no comment on the pairing, instead choosing to speak with his game, firing a 2-under 68 to sit tied for second place.