Golf Pro: Adam Hadwin
With former Masters champion Mike Weir’s PGA career winding down, Canadians have been looking for their nation’s next great golfer.
In British Columbia’s Adam Hadwin, they may have found him.
At just 23 years old, the Abbotsford, B.C. native is on the verge of securing his PGA Tour card.
He’s exploded onto the scene in 2011 with some dramatic efforts, including a fourth-place finish at the Canadian Open; a cut made at the U.S. Open; and a seventh-place at last week’s Frys.com Open, in which he holed out for eagle on the final hole.
Hadwin has made more than $432,000 in his banner 2011 season and could make the top 125 and get his Tour card with another top-10 finish.
If he doesn’t make the top 150, any tournament leading into Q-School will help him stay sharp.
So where did Hadwin come from?
From Robert Bateman Secondary school to playing golf at the Ledgeview Golf Club in Abbotsford alongside Nick Taylor, another Canadian golf prospect.
From there, Hadwin moved on to the University of Louisville on a golf scholarship and earned an All-America Honorable Mention in 2009.
Hadwin turned pro after college and started his career in style, winning his home tournament at the Ledgeview Open, a Vancouver Golf Tour event.
After winning three more VGT events that year, he moved up to the Canadian Tour in 2010, where he posted six top-10s and earned Rookie of the Year honors.
2011 has to be viewed as a breakout season for Hadwin.
His World Golf Ranking has risen from 332nd to 214th, he’s played in his first major championship and he’s posted two top-10s on the PGA Tour.
He’s now Canada’s top-ranked golfer.
If there’s any doubt that Hadwin is ready to be a regular on the PGA Tour, look what happens every time he dips back down to another Tour; he stopped by the 2011 Vancouver Open on the VGT and, naturally, won it.
The year before, he also won it.
Did you know?
His dream foursome would include Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Bubba Watson.
Canadian golf fans – and American fans, for that matter – should get used to Adam Hadwin’s name.
Given his young age, he has potential to become British Columbia’s greatest golf export. (Sorry Nick Taylor + Chris Baryla)
Adam Is social too…
View his website.