At U.S. Open, Hadwin proved he belongs

Playing in his first major championship, it would have been understandable if Adam Hadwin had been overwhelmed by the massive scope of the U.S. Open.

Abbotsford golfer Adam Hadwin finished tied for 39th at the U.S. Open.

Abbotsford golfer Adam Hadwin finished tied for 39th at the U.S. Open.

Playing in his first major championship, it would have been understandable if Adam Hadwin had been overwhelmed by the massive scope of the U.S. Open.

To his credit, the 23-year-old Abbotsford golfer took it all in stride, and turned in a terrific performance at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD.

On Sunday, Hadwin shot a three-under 68 in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. The five-birdie, two-bogey round left him at three-over for the tournament, tied for 39th.

From a number of angles, Hadwin’s showing was a success. Only six golfers shot better than his 68 on Sunday, and he was the top finisher among the three Canadians in the U.S. Open field. He also finished ahead of such luminaries as current world No. 1 Luke Donald (+5), three-time major winner Padraig Harrington (+5), and four-time major champ Phil Mickelson (+7).

“Walking around the locker room, seeing Phil and (Retief) Goosen and (Sergio) Garcia and all those guys, it’s a very cool experience,” Hadwin told The News on Monday. “But I feel like I handled it the proper way. I treated it like I was working, and I got the job done.

“Those guys are No. 1 players, and they may play their best more often than I do. But if I play my best, at least I know I can compete. And that’s pretty cool.”

Hadwin authored one moment, in particular, that was worthy of the time capsule.

On Friday, he was only able to finish 17 holes before second-round play was suspended due to darkness. He went to bed knowing he knowing he needed a birdie on his final hole – the par-5 ninth – on Saturday morning to get to four over par for the tournament and make the cut.

Hadwin did just that, hitting his third shot – a wedge from 98 yards – to within six inches for a tap-in birdie.

“I’ve been in situations like that before, where I have to do something like that to make the cut or place higher or something, and I haven’t gotten the job done,” he said. “So to go out there and get it done when I needed to, I was pretty pleased with myself.”

Hadwin was third in the entire field in greens in regulation, landing the ball on the dance floor 77.8 per cent of the time. In that department, he trailed only runaway winner Rory McIlroy (86.1) and defending champion Graeme McDowell (79.2).

All in all, it’s a tremendous result for the sophomore pro, who qualified for the Open through a series of local and sectional playdowns.

“It was a lot of fun doing something I’d never had the opportunity to experience before,” he said. “The crowds are a lot of fun to play in front of, and it’s a neat experience to hear a crowd roar for you when you do something good.”

Hadwin earned $41,154 for his finish. To put that payday into perspective, a victory on the Canadian Tour, his usual circuit, is generally worth between $20,000 and $30,000.

The Robert Bateman Secondary grad leveraged his trip to the U.S. Open to raise awareness and funds for a cause that’s near and dear to his heart. He pledged $100 for each birdie he made to the C.H.I.L.D. Foundation, a charity that supports children with intestinal and liver disorders, and challenged his fans to do likewise. Hadwin’s younger brother Kyle was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when he was eight years old.

Hadwin made 14 birdies over the course of the week, and the initiative raised in the neighbourhood of $25,000.

“It’s cool to be a part of that, and to donate to a charity that my brother’s benefitted from,” Hadwin said. “I think going forward, I might do more with the C.H.I.L.D. Foundation. A lot of golfers are aligned with a charity of choice, and that could definitely be a charity of choice in the future.”

Hadwin, a two-time CanTour winner, returns to the circuit this week to play the Syncrude Boreal Open in Fort McMurray, Alta.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

An Amica White Rock resident receives the COVID-19 vaccine during a Jan. 15, 2021 clinic. (Tracy Holmes photo)
PHOTOS: South Surrey seniors grateful for ‘freedom’ of COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccination clinics at Fraser Health long-term and assisted-living sites were to wrap up Jan. 15

Surrey Council Chambers. (File photo)
Surrey city councillors complain not enough public input in committees

City has gone ‘exactly the opposite direction,’ Councillor Brenda Locke charges

A Transit Police officer and another driver were injured on Nov. 4 in a traffic crash while the officer was responding to another officers call for help catching a man who escaped custody. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
Police watchdog investigating Surrey crash that injured transit cop, another driver

Crash happened 11 p.m. Nov. 4, at 128th Street and 93rd Avenue in Cedar Hills

Friends and family of murder victim Paul Prestbakmo wore memorial masks outside Surrey Provincial Court Jan. 14, 2021. (From left) Family friend Tyler Whitley, sister Angela Prestbakmo, childhood friend Jimmy Slater, brother Steve Prestbakmo, Semiahmoo First Nation councillor Roxanne Charles and sister Liz Prestbakmo. (Tracy Holmes photo)
Two accused in 2019 South Surrey murder were ‘really angry,’ pacing at party: witness

‘We had this really strong gut feeling that something was really wrong’

Semiahmoo Rock
Record-setting 10 Semiahmoo Rock players selected in B.C. junior lacrosse draft

Kaleb Borg is the highest Rock player selected, going in the second round to the Coquitlam Adanacs

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry head for the press theatre at the B.C. legislature for an update on COVID-19, Jan. 7, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 spread steady with 509 new cases Friday

Hospitalized and critical care cases decline, nine deaths

Seasonal influenza vaccine is administered starting each fall in B.C. and around the world. (Langley Advance Times)
After 30,000 tests, influenza virually nowhere to be found in B.C.

COVID-19 precautions have eliminated seasonal infection

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Friday, January 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau says Canada’s COVID vaccine plan on track despite Pfizer cutting back deliveries

Canadian officials say country will still likely receive four million doses by the end of March

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)
Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon shared a handwritten note his son received on Jan. 13, 2021. (Ravi Kahlon/Twitter)
Proud dad moment: B.C. minister’s son, 10, receives handwritten note for act of kindness

North Delta MLA took to Twitter to share a letter his son received from a new kid at school

Lilly and Poppy, two cats owned by Kalmar Cat Hotel ownder Donna Goodenough, both have cerebellAr hypoplasia, a genetic neurological condition that affects their ability to control their muscles and bones. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror
VIDEO: Wobbly Cats a riot of flailing legs and paws but bundles of love and joy to their owner

Woman urges others to not fear adopting cats with disabilities

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada’s top doctor says to avoid non-essential travel as B.C. explores legal options

Premier John Horgan says he is seeking legal advice on whether it can limit interprovincial travel

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses the crowd during the march on Washington, D.C., in August of 1963. Courtesy photo
Government reinforces importance of anti-racism act on Black Shirt Day

B.C. Ministers say education “a powerful tool” in the fight for equity and equality

Most Read