If Adam Hadwin doesn’t spend every second of his day thinking about being in contention for one of the 10 automatic selections to the Presidents Cup that will be announced Monday, you can bet it won’t be too long before he’s reminded of it.
Still, he’s not going to be consumed by it, going over what-ifs and mathematical formulas on what he needs to do this weekend at the Dell Technologies Championship in Boston to get into the top 10 of Presidents Cup standings.
He’s just going to try and do what he normally tries to do and already did this year at his the Valspar Championship.
“To win. We enter every week to win. If we’re not, I think there’s something wrong,” said Hadwin.
At the midway point in Boston, he’s making a move to do just that. Hadwin is tied for second, two shots off the lead, after firing a six-under 65 in Saturday’s second round in the second event of the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Follow his natural instinct and he’ll not only get into the Presidents Cup, but put himself in fine position going forward in the FedEx Cup post-season.
Hadwin went into this week 10th in International team standings. If he stuck there or anywhere above that, he would earn the spot in the Presidents Cup standings in a year that saw him shoot a 59, get his first PGA Tour win, get married and buy a house.
It would be a fitting end to what has been a magical year for Hadwin, but if he slipped below 10th, he would need a captain’s pick to play in the Presidents Cup.
“I’ve had to play an incredible year this year just to get into that position. I’m having fun with it. I’m enjoying it. I think we’re going to have a great team. I guess I shouldn’t say that. I’m not on it just yet. I’ve been playing some great golf and another good tournament this week will take care of everything,” said Hadwin after the second round in Boston.
Coming into this week’s play, Hadwin says his main goal was just turning his game in the right direction, adding he’d been struggling somewhat lately.
“I felt like my chances were good, but I also wanted to go out and play well and show captain Price that I can play, that I’m ready to compete on that level. Obviously it’s a long weekend ahead, but the game’s kind of rounding into form when I need it,” he said.
In Saturday’s 65, Hadwin finished the day with five birdies, an eagle and just one bogey, pretty impressive stuff with the pressure going up as the season winds down with the FedEx Cup playoffs hitting the midway point on Monday.
“(Saturday) was a great day,” said Hadwin.
“(In the first round), I kind of scrambled to the finish. I actually got it in the house one under, which I probably shouldn’t have,” he said.
“I knew if I could get some rest and come out and if I can get some momentum with the swing, start seeing a few shots. The putter has been rolling all week and I was able to do that – made a couple early and started hitting better shots in there. It adds up to a 65 today,” he added.
“It was at least a couple shots easier today, I think. You know, you’re still guessing on the wind to be honest with you, but because it’s only a couple miles an hour here or there, it just doesn’t move it as much. Yesterday was a complete guess almost the entire way around,” he said.
Hadwin says the Presidents Cup has been on his radar since he won the Valspar Championship in March and moved on to the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill the next week.
Since then, he has been in touch with International captain Nick Price via e-mails and other gatherings. Most recently, he heard from Price this week.
“He was asking guys what they thought of for captain’s picks. Obviously, they are coming up shortly,” said Hadwin.
“You know, he’s always sending e-mails out weekly at the end of the week. You know, maybe not updating on stuff, but just congratulating good play and trying to bring us together as a team. I think it would be an incredible experience and something we don’t often get in golf,” he added.
“We met at the WGC Bridgestone. Everybody got together and went over a few logistics, just trying to get everybody accustomed with each other,” said Hadwin.
“I think, more than anything with the International team, I think that’s the difficulty. You know, so many countries and so many different circles and only playing once every two years, we might not have the camaraderie that the U.S. team might have, but you know, that doesn’t matter – good golf and come together as a team and have some fun and who knows what happens,” he said.
We’ll know a lot better on Monday.
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