Adam Hadwin seemed to be building momentum on the PGA Tour just before the calendar flipped to 2017, finishing 10th at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, then tying for 11th at the OSPS Handa World Cup of Golf.
In his first PGA Tour start in the new year, all eyes were on Hadwin as he finished the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, Calif., with a 59, before finishing second after a final round 70. He chatted with Hutch here right after posting that 59.
At that point, a breakthrough moment appeared imminent, but it took about six weeks before his first tour win, a one-shot victory at the Vaspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla. It was a game-changer for Hadwin, who pocketed $1,134,000 for the win.
After a sixth-place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Hadwin tied for 36th at the Masters and talked about that experience here.
Other major finishes included a T60 at the U.S. Open, and missed cuts at the Open Championship and PGA Championship, but he did have a T5 finish at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitatonal, one of five top-10 finishes in 2016-2017.
He also made it through the FedEx Cup playoffs to the Tour Championship, where he finished 23rd, before another career first took place the following week as he became the third Canadian to participate in the Presidents Cup after earning the 10th and final automatic pick for the International team. He would leave New Jersey with an overall 0-2-1 record.
It was all a part of a memorable 2017 season for Hadwin, who was also married to Jessica shortly after his victory at the Valspar Championship and the couple has since purchased a home.