It was suggested in jest to Adam Hadwin that an appropriate nickname for him would be Hollywood Hadwin, after the whirlwind of the past few days, but on second thought, it might be Big Apple Adam.
After dinner Sunday evening in Florida with Nick Taylor and Roger Sloan, the two other British Columbia guys to graduate to the PGA Tour after the Web .com Tour Championship, Hadwin was whisked by private jet to New York on Monday.
Upon arrival, he did a few interviews, one of them even on the business of golf as opposed to playing golf, and he was at Nasdaq to ring the closing bell that afternoon before dinner and sightseeing in Manhattan, just “being able to do some things that I wouldn’t have dreamed that I’d be doing,” said Hadwin.
If he can make it there, he can make it anywhere, but Hadwin had already accomplished what he wanted after taking the overall money title the day before.
On Tuesday, he flew back to the west coast and going back to Abbotsford to share his success with friends and family, he sounded more happy to be Home Boy Hadwin than anything else.
“I’m going to take this first week and unwind and decompress and sort of let what just happened all soak in and enjoy some time with family and friends and celebrate,” said Hadwin.
“I’m doing a charity function on Saturday, as well as on Monday, so it will be the first times that I pick up a golf club and we’ll just relax and recharge the batteries and get ready for a strong push to start the year next year,” he added.
His rookie year will begin on Oct. 10 when the first round of the Frys .com Open takes place in San Martin, Calif., and while private jets and dinner in Manhattan are fresh in his mind, he needs to keep his head on right for the challenge that awaits him in just a couple of weeks.
“Those are all certainly all perks and benefits of playing well for sure, but those don’t come unless you take care of your business on the golf course, so that’s No. 1,” said Hadwin, who says savoring the good times is the result of how you recover from the bad times.
While he will surely remember his two Web .com Tour wins this season and surprisingly overtaking Carlos Ortiz of Mexico, who missed the cut in his last three events after a win in Portland, Hadwin will also be remembering a 2013 season when things weren’t nearly as positive.
Although surprised by what happened to Ortiz, Hadwin says the situation can be reversed, adding that somebody else can get hot at the same time as he did towards the end of the year to take the overall money title. That’s golf is the simple way Hadwin describes it.
So, as he decompresses off the course in Abbotsford this week, Hadwin will also remember how he learned to decompress on the golf course after a 2013 season that saw him miss 10 of 21 cuts, causing the frustration to boil over more often than not.
“It’s one of the biggest reasons why I’m here, why everything happened like it did this year. I learned so much from last year,” he said.
“I can still fall into that trap on the golf course a little bit, but because of last year, I’m able to recognize it, figure out what’s going on and where my mind’s getting to and being able to quickly stop it and change the attitude on the golf course,” said Hadwin.
“Going through last year and seeing how good I played when I wasn’t in that mindset and just being able to learn how to get out of it quicker and get out of my own way and get back into that positive mind frame and moving forward after bad shots and bad holes is what’s important,” he said.
After winning the combined money title, Hadwin already has a spot in the field at the Players Championship and fully exempt status and that’s enough for now. Of course, he wants more, but the experience of 2013 has taught him to not look too far past the next four rounds.
“I would love to set really lofty goals – being on the Olympic team, being on the Presidents Cup team, winning a major, that sort of thing,” said Hadwin.
“I came into this year with the goal of just going out and playing well and having fun and enjoying myself and all that and that was the key to my success and that’s why I played so well and that’s why I played so consistent all year,” he added.
“Obviously, I look forward to those things and hope to be involved in those things, but I don’t see a reason to focus on those things.” he said
“Those are outcome goals. I’m more worried about the process goals,” said Hadwin.