By keeping card, Stadler feels like a winner

Updated: November 4, 2007, 6:21 PM ET
By Bob Harig | Special to ESPN.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- There was no congratulatory handshake from Mickey Mouse, no cardboard check to pose alongside, no trophy to hoist. Kevin Stadler will not be coming back to Walt Disney World as the defending champion.

But he still smiled like a winner on Sunday.

That is the only way to feel after surviving the pressure-cooker that is pursuit of a PGA Tour card.

It may not be a tournament title, but it is a victory of another sort.

Finishing 124th on the ...

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