Adam Hadwin has qualified for the U.S. Open, one of golf’s four major championships.
The 25-year-old Abbotsford golfer finished in a three-way tie for first place at a sectional qualifier for the Open at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md. on Monday.
Hadwin carded rounds of 65 and 67 to finish at nine under par. That was more than enough to punch his ticket – the top eight golfers in the field of 122 moved on to the Open, which runs June 13-16 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Penn.
Next week’s event will mark Hadwin’s second U.S. Open appearance – he also qualified in 2011 and made the cut at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., finishing tied for 39th.
Hadwin has had an uneven start to his second straight season as a regular on the second-tier Web.com Tour. He missed the cut in the first three tournaments of 2013, and while he’s survived to play the weekend at six of the past seven events, he’s still looking for his first top-10 finish of the campaign and sits 89th on the tour’s order of merit. He had four top-10s during a very good 2012 season which saw him earn $168,000 and come within a whisker of earning his PGA Tour card.
Fellow Abbotsford golfer Nick Taylor, winner of five consecutive events on the Vancouver Golf Tour in recent weeks, fell short of U.S. Open qualifying.
Taylor participated in the sectional qualifier at Tumble Creek Club in Cle Elum, Wash., which featured 34 golfers vying for two spots. He struggled in the first round, carding a four-over 74, before fashioning an even-par 70 in the second round.
That left him tied for fourth, and he won a four-man playoff for the right to be second alternate in case the two qualifiers pull out.
Taylor will play the first event of the PGA Tour Canada (formerly known as the Canadian Tour) season this week in Victoria, at the Times Colonist Island Savings Open.