The momentum from a T4 finish at last year’s RBC Canadian Open, not to mention a T7 at the Frys.com Open, would be enough, one would think, to propel a promising 24-year-old into his first season on the Web.com (formerly Nationwide) Tour.
Those who have hung around the game long enough realize, however, that there is no such thing as a sure thing in golf, so Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., came into this year’s Canadian Open with six missed cuts in 13 starts and one top-10 finish.
Then comes the flip side and suddenly, Hadwin is in the hunt for not only his third consecutive low Canadian title at the Canadian Open, but also looking very much as he did last year when he was in contention for the overall lead until the end.
“Whether it’s the fact that I’ve got a bunch of people watching and if that helps me out, I don’t know, but it seems every time we hit the end of July, I kind of springboard my game back into shape,” said Hadwin, who shot a 66 on Thursday and is four off the lead.
“I’m certainly going to be looking at the way I approach this week and my thought process and trying to bring that back out to the Web.com. I felt like I was playing with a little bit of a swagger that I haven’t had in a couple of months,” he said.
Hadwin is feeling it and he wants to bottle it for future use.
“It’s a bit of a cockiness, to be honest, and it’s been missing for a while,” he said, adding that it wasn’t there earlier in the week at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
“My practice rounds started off pretty ugly,” he admitted.
“I shot 40 in the pro-am on the front nine this week, but got better as the round went on, so that was forward momentum,” said Hadwin, who says he has a good session on the range on Wednesday.
“Three-and-a-half hours in the morning. I basically put on a strike show for an hour on the range, just hit all my targets, was working the ball both ways and I felt really good,” he said.
“Then (Thursday) morning, like late morning, I had a really good putting warm-up and I think that just kind of gave me confidence going into the round,” said Hadwin.
“I made a great putt on one to get a birdie right out of the gate ad then a better putt, positive two, settled everything down and it gave me confidence through the round to hit some good putts,” he said.
For more on Hadwin, see this blog from earlier in the week.