Hadwin’s honeymoon on hold following Valspar win
Palm Habor, FL: The plans were for Adam Hadwin and his new bride, Jessica to spend their honeymoon in French Polynesia relaxing in the Pacific Ocean islands paradise of Tahiti and Bora Bora.
But those plans are on hold with the Hadwin’s bound for Augusta National for the Canadian’s maiden Masters appearance after a dramatic victory in the Valspar Championship.
Hadwin went into the last day leading by four shots as he targeted a maiden PGA Tour victory.
That lead was down to three when he bogeyed the sixth and then down to two despite birdieing the 13th but after finding the water right at the 16th and walking off with a double bogey, Hadwin found himself tied a 14-under par with Patrick Cantlay.
Each parred the 17th before Cantlay, from the middle of the fairway, found a greenside bunker from where he left his third short. Hadwin was some 30-foot long with his second before chipping to just short of three-foot.
Cantlay stepped up but missed his par attempt leaving Hadwin the 2017 Valspar champion and his first PGA Tour win just weeks after becoming the only player to shoot a round of 59 on the PGA Tour without a victory to their name.
While Cantlay will be disappointed not to secure a win this week, he can enjoy the rest of the season knowing that his second-place finish prizemoney of US$680,400 was enough to secure his PGA Tour card for the season.
Now the only problem for Hadwin, who is exempt on the PGA Tour to the end of 2019, is what to do about their honeymoon.
He and Jessica are to be married on March 22nd and then on March 24th they were due to fly to Tahiti but then Hadwin thought when he booked the honeymoon he would be competing in the Puerto Rico Open and not qualified for the WGC – Match Play Championship and also the following fortnight’s Masters.
WITB: Adam Hadwin
Driver: Callaway GBB Epic (10.5º)
3-wood: Callaway GBB Epic (13.5º)
Hybrid: Callaway X Hot Pro (18º)
Utility Iron: Callaway Apex UT (3-iron)
Irons: Callaway MB1 (5-PW)
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind (52-10, 56-10 and 60-09)
Putter: Odyssey Tank Cruiser V Line
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
“I don’t know, I’m pretty much speechless at this point,” he said.
“I don’t think — you know, I said when I shot 59, it was probably going to take a few weeks to settle in, and really kind of soak in what I did, and I think the same goes for this. It’s just such a whirlwind of emotions.”
“You’re on the golf course and you’re focusing so hard, the next shot, the next shot, the next shot. And when it’s finally over and you’re holding the trophy, you’re not sure what to think at this point.”
“You are mind is almost going, ‘I have to play well tomorrow,’ and there is no tomorrow at this point.”
“But at the same time, I’m going to enjoy it, but I’ve got another tournament next week and I’m looking forward to the challenges that Bay Hill is going to bring.”
“Hopefully jumping into contention again, and you know I’d love to say I get to sit back and relish a little bit the week of my wedding, but I think I’ll be more focused on that that week.
“I think it will truly hit me when I first make that first drive down Magnolia Lane and that that is actually happening.”