Canadian Adam Hadwin has taken a huge step toward securing a PGA Tour card for the 2014-15 season.
The Abbotsford, B.C., golfer captured the Web.com Tour’s Chile Classic on Sunday in Santiago, bringing home a winner’s cheque of $117,000. He did it in dramatic fashion, with a birdie on the par-5 18th to win by one over Australian Alistair Presnell, who had eagled No. 18 about a half-hour earlier to put the pressure on Hadwin.
With his first career Web.com Tour win in the second event of the season on the PGA Tour’s main feeder system, Hadwin, 26, moves to the top of the money list. The top 25 at the end of the season earn PGA Tour cards for the following season.
Hadwin, who led by one entering the fourth and final round, shot a 3-under 69 Sunday to finish at 16-under. It marks the first win by a Canadian on the Web.com Tour since Calgary’s Chris Baryla triumphed at the 2009 Chattanooga Classic.
Hadwin, who tied for eighth at the season-opening event last month in Colombia, appears to have bounced back after a disappointing 2013 season in which he finished 74th on the money list with $81,182. In 2012, his rookie season, Hadwin fell just short of earning his PGA Tour card on two occasions – at the Web.com Finals and at Qualifying School.
Hadwin has been considered one of Canada’s top young pros for several years. He came close to winning the RBC Canadian Open near home in 2011, finishing in a tie for fourth at the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver. He also was the top Canadian at the 2010 Canadian Open at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto.