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Stadler gets steamy in the heat at Congressional

BETHESDA, Md. -- Kevin Stadler knew he wasn't going to make the cut at the AT&T National, so he made a break for it. Stadler ignored his playing partners in an effort to speed up his second round and an imminent missed cut in triple-digit heat at Congressional C.C.

On the par-5 sixth hole – his 15th of the day – Stadler was 45 yards short of the green after three shots. Ignoring his playing partners, Stadler walked up to the ball for his fourth shot, pulled out a putter and struck the shot – from 45 yards away from the hole.

With blinders on, Stadler proceeded to walk up to the green and rushed a 15-foot par bid to the hole. He left it a foot short, tapped in for bogey and walked to the tee at the par-3 seventh before his playing partners could even approach the green to putt.

It wasn't a statement about slow play, or his playing partners, but rather a rush to complete the round, according to the Washington Post, who spoke with Stadler afterward.

His rendition of speed golf did not accelerate the trunk-slamming finish for Stadler. He not only waited for his partners to finish, but then the group had to wait an additional five minutes on the next tee.

Stadler shot 4-over 75 on Friday, which was a shot better than his first-round effort. At 9 over, however, it was best to get out of the heat instead of stay heated.

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