AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Craig and Kevin Stadler will become the first father-son combo to play in the same Masters this week, and it gets even more poetic.

At 60, Craig likely will be playing his last, as the supersized course annually chips away at his ego. Kevin, who turned pro 12 years ago, will be playing his first.

When Craig won his green jacket in 1982, Kevin was 2. He puttered around at Augusta National "before I had a memory," he said.

Said Craig: "This is a very, very cool thing. Thanks to Kev here, I got back to the press room for the first time in about 20 years."

But to reduce the story to a Father's Day card wouldn't be genuine. People assume they're tight because they share the same husky build -- 5-foot-10 and 250 pounds.

But as reported in a recent Sports Illustrated story, the two have gone long stretches without speaking and their complicated relationship is "ground under repair." Some of it stems from Craig's divorce in 2006.

Asked what it's like having his dad here, Kevin, 34, replied: "I've had that question a million times, what it's like. I've never known how to answer that."

Past champions are permitted to play with a guest on the Sunday before the tournament, but the Stadlers played Augusta National together only once -- about 15 years ago on a cold January day.

Craig still plays well enough to have won the Encompass Championship last summer, ending an eight-year victory drought on the Champions Tour. Kevin qualified for the Masters by winning the Phoenix Open in February.

The Stadlers won't be paired together for the first two rounds, but Craig's goal this week is to play the role of supportive dad.

"I'm just going to be out there slashing around, trying to make the cut," Craig said. "He's going to be trying to win the golf tournament. He has worked hard for this; he has earned it."

  • The memories at the Masters aren't just about golf for Arnold Palmer. He can still recall who attended the champions' dinners in the 1960s. He even remembers the real name of his first caddie at the Masters 59 years ago. Nathaniel Avery went by the nickname Iron Man, and he helped Palmer to a 10th-place finish and a $696 payday. "He told me where to go and what to do, and that was the end of it," said Palmer, 84, who's won the green jacket four times, and this year's Masters is the 50th anniversary of his last victory.

  • A new wave of 20-somethings is taking golf by storm. Nine players under the age of 30 have won PGA Tour events since the official start of the season last fall, including a pair of victories by brash 23-year-old Patrick Reed. That list doesn't even include perhaps the best of the youngsters: Rory McIlroy, already a two-time major champion at age 24, and Jordan Spieth, who last summer became the youngest Tour winner since the Depression before he even celebrated his 20th birthday.

  • One of the more interesting groups for the opening two rounds is McIlroy, Spieth and Reed. Spieth and Reed are playing their first Masters. A record 24 first-time Masters participants will tee it up. The last Augusta rookie to claim the green jacket was Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. The only other ones to do it were the first two winners: Horton Smith in 1934 and Gene Sarazen in 1935.

  • Ryan Moore shot a 6-under 21 to win the nine-hole Par 3 tournament, calling it a "perfect practice day." No one should consider it the perfect prelude to golf's first major, though. Since the Par 3 contest began in 1960, no winner has gone on to don the green jacket later in the week. Kevin Stadler and Zoeller tied for second at 23. ... Mark O'Meara made a hole-in-one on No. 2. ... Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki caddied for fiance McIlroy.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.