Adam Hadwin is headed to the PGA Tour, and Shaw Communications is going to be right there with him as he plays his final tournaments in his journey to the PGA.
The communications giant, parent company of Global News, announced a deal with the Abbotsford, B.C., golfer today.
The agreement sees Shaw partner with Hadwin starting at this week’s Nova Scotia Open at the Ashburn Golf Club outside of Halifax. Hadwin will have Shaw’s logo on his right sleeve and golf bag for the remainder of the year.
“Adam is a true Canadian talent and one of our brightest up-and-coming stars in professional golf,” Brad Shaw, CEO, Shaw Communications Inc., said in a statement.
“Adam’s passion for the game is remarkable, and we are proud to have him represent Shaw as he continues climbing the ranks and thrilling Canadians with his play.”
“Having grown up in Western Canada, I’m familiar with all the great work Shaw does in the community and look forward to representing them throughout the remainder of the golf season,” says Hadwin, 27.
Hadwin is in the midst of a breakthrough year on the Web.com Tour, the final step before the PGA Tour, after narrow misses in previous seasons.
The Top 25 golfers on the Web.com money list move onto the PGA Tour, and Hadwin currently sits sixth after an impressive win at the Chile Classic earlier this year.
He’s perhaps best known in Canada for his incredible play at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.
At that tournament Hadwin had a legitimate shot at becoming the first Canadian to win the country’s national open since Mike Weir lost in a playoff to Vijay Singh in 2004.
No Canadian has pulled off the feat since Pat Fletcher did it in 1954.
He finished tied for fourth, and despite some costly miscues in the final round, Hadwin demonstrated the charisma, grit and resilience that led many to believe he’d soon be a regular on the PGA Tour.
He narrowly missed getting there in 2012. In the final round of the concluding event on the Web.com Tour, Hadwin needed to win or finish second to gain his PGA Tour card.
He shot 65 on the final day and was in second place until James Hahn birdied the last hole to hold Hadwin back.
A mixed year in 2013 led him to change his preparation for this season, resulting in the win in Chile and three additional Top 10 finishes.
Though he has been compared to many golfers and has a flashy game that is ready for high-pressure events, Hadwin says he’s done with comparisons.
“I’m not them, I just want to be me,” he said earlier this year. “I want to be the best Adam Hadwin I can be.”