It may not earn the headlines that his first PGA Tour win at the Valspar Championship received, but Adam Hadwin’s sixth-place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational offers an interesting long-term look at Hadwin. A Canadian winning on tour is always big news and puts the victor into a fish bowl in this country. Hadwin was coming off a week of media requests and other distractions going into the proceedings at Bay Hill and, not surprisingly to anyone who has watched his career progress, handled it quite well. Had he actually sunk that hole in one that hit the stick on 17, Hadwin would have been within one of the lead late on Sunday afternoon with yet another moment to remember. It didn’t happen and the ball wasn’t dropping the way it was the week before, but he’s showing remarkable composure. Every week isn’t going to be a win, we all know, but consider that Hadwin’s four top-10s to this point ties him for second in that category, just one off the tour lead … Maddie Szeryk, a dual citizen from Texas/London, Ont., and a member of Canada’s national team won the Dr. Donnis Invitational while playing for Texas A&M last week, for a four-shot win in Hawaii. The Aggies also won the team title … Jared du Toit of Kimberley, B.C., tied for fifth in individual standings while his Arizona State Sun Devils won the ASU Thunderbird Invitational on the weekend. It was the fourth consecutive top five finish for du Toit, who played in the final group at last year’s RBC Canadian Open, where he tied for ninth at Glen Abbey. I chatted with du Toit prior to the event in Tempe, Az. You can listen here … Last week’s cut of five under par at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup set a record as the lowest cut line in LPGA Tour history. Now second on that list was the four-under cut line at the 2015 Manulife LPGA Classic at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ont. … As reported on GNN last week, Sandra Post was honoured by the Founders Cup as a pioneer of women’s golf and below are a few photos from that celebration, including an autograph card with a photo from Post’s playing days, one with LPGA founder and Post’s mentor Marilynn Smith and one with Brittany Henderson.
With Hadwin getting married on Friday, no Canadians are at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Tx., Graham DeLaet, Brad Fritsch, David Hearn and Nick Taylor are at the Puerto Rico Open … The Web .com Tour resumes its schedule this week at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open in Broussard, La., where Albin Choi, Corey Conners, Justin Shin, Ben Silverman, Roger Sloan, Adam Svensson and Ryan Yip will tee it up … Conners currently stands 12th on the Web .com money list. The top 25 at the end of the season graduate to the PGA Tour … PGA Tour Champions is off before resuming next week at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Biloxi … On the LPGA Tour, Jennifer Ha, Brooke Henderson, Alena Sharp and Maude-Aimee Leblanc are at the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif. … Brittany Marchand, Megan Osland, Samantha Richdale, Augusta James, Sara-Maude Juneau, Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Jennifer Kirby and Elizabeth Tong are at the IOA Championship, this week’s Symetra Tour stop in Beaumont, Calif. … The PGA of Alberta’s Calgary golf show goes this weekend at the BMO Centre (Hall B) … Last week’s GNN Poll asked readers if a rolled-back golf ball with less distance on tour is a realistic concept. The majority, or 62 per cent, said yes, while 38 per cent said no … This week’s poll asks if Muirfield’s vote to allow female members is in the name of gender equality or just to host the Open Championship? As of this writing, 93 per cent responded that the vote went that way to get back the Open Championship, while just seven per cent said they realize gender equality is important in today’s society. You can cast your vote on the GNN home page.