There wasn’t any sign of rookie jitters for Abbotsford’s Adam Hadwin, who shot a tidy (-2) round of 70 at the Silverado Country Club – North Course to get within 4 strokes of first round leaders Andres Gonzales and Sang-Moon Bae after the first round of the Frys.com Open.
Hadwin had three birdies, including back-to-back birdies at 16 and 17 to go with his first one at #4, and only one bogey, on the par-3 11th, to earn low Canadian honours alongside Brad Fritsch, who also shot an opening round 70.
One stroke back at 71 is Saskatchewan’s Graham DeLaet, while Ontario’s David Hearn is at even par 72.
Shooting (+1) 73 was Bright’s Grove, Ontario’s Mike Weir, while Hadwin’s Abbotsford compatriot Nick Taylor shot a (+2) round of 74.
Taylor opened with a birdie, but bogeys at 5 and 7 were salvaged by another Taylor birdie at 9. Taylor had a tough back 9, carding bogeys at 10, 12 and 17, with only a birdie at 13 to mitigate the damage.
To show what a difference 4 strokes makes, Hadwin is tied for 25th and comfortably within the cut line, while Taylor, at 74, is tied for 103rd and will have to go low during Friday morning’s round to ensure a weekend tee time.
Hadwin is off the 10th tee at 8:35 a.m. PST, with Taylor off 20 minutes later on the same tee.