By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
SAN MARTIN, Calif. — Adam Hadwin is certainly making the most of his limited opportunities on the PGA TOUR. Earlier this year, he tied for fourth at the RBC Canadian Open. After a course-record tying 64 Saturday at the Frys.com Open, he’s near the lead with just 18 holes to play.
Like a lot of other players here, Hadwin, who spent the last two years on the Canadian Tour and is in the field this week on a sponsor exemption, is hoping to avoid q-school. A win would take care of that. But even if he doesn’t win, he could earn enough to be exempt through to the final stage of q-school.
“ I’m very happy to have gotten a spot this week,” Hadwin said. “I felt like that’s what I needed, just a couple more shots. The way I played at Shaughnessy [in the RBC Canadian Open], I could have at least moved inside the top 150 and get in the final stage, and if not get a card.”
While Hadwin’s experience on TOUR has been short, he’s certainly familiar with being in contention and even winning. The 23-year-old won his second Canadian Tour event earlier this year and at the RBC Canadian Open he entered the final round in second place just one shot off the lead before closing with a 72.
By finishing in the top 10 at Shaughnessy, he earned a spot in The Greenbrier Classic the following week and tied for 32nd there with a pair of 68s on the weekend.