Weekend Winners: Hadwin honeymoon on hold as he bags Masters spot
PGA Tour: Valspar Championship – Adam Hadwin
Canadian Adam Hadwin, best known for his 59 at La Quinta in January, now has a win on Tour after pipping Patrick Cantlay.
The pair came to the 72nd hole all tied but Cantlay pushed his approach and couldn’t get up and down from sand while Hadwin kept his cool with a bellied wedge to two feet from the back of the green.
The highlight of Hadwin’s round was a 60-footer at 13, the low point was when he shoved a tee shot into the water for a double at 16. But he parred the last two for a 71 and a ticket to the Masters which puts his honeymoon on hold.
Cantlay’s round came alive around the turn when he hit a collection of short irons close for five birdies in six holes but bogeys at 15 and 18 eventually cost him. Cantlay has, to say the least, had three years to very quickly forget but he now has his card back after what was a remarkable week for the former No. 1 amateur.
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“I just went out there today and stuck to what I do best, and just hit some quality golf shots, and really made the game super easy outside of hole No. 16,” Hadwin said.
“I feel a little fortunate after that hole to be sitting here with you, but I’ll certainly take it and I can’t wait for everything that comes with this win.”
Hadwin and wife-to-be, Jessica Dawn, are to be married on March 24, with the honeymoon in French Polynesia booked for the same week as The Masters.
“The wedding will happen,” Hadwin added. “But we’ll take a few days to get prepared for the greenest place on earth at Augusta…”
Happy (future) wife.
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European Tour: Indian Open – SSP Chawrasia
Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia continued a remarkable run of success in Delhi as he picked up his fourth win on Tour and all of them in the Indian capital.
The 38-year-old won by seven at the, to say the least, unique DLF Golf & Country Club as just seven players finished under par. Chawrasia carded a 71 to get to double figures with Malaysia’s Gavin Green in a distant second place.
Italy’s Matteo Manassero and Scotland’s Scott Jamieson shared third with Carlos Pigem of Spain left to regret a fanned tee shot at the last which led to a penalty drop and a double bogey.
Eddie Pepperell was leading when the delayed third round resumed on Sunday but then played his last seven holes in seven over. He eventually finished in a tie for 22nd after a closing 76.
While the rest of the field carded plenty of double bogeys and often much worse Chawrasia recorded just six bogeys all week, one of which came at the last where, with an eight-shot lead, he hit a succession of wedges down the par 5.
“It’s one of the toughest courses I’ve played, and winning by seven shots, I’m really happy,” Chawrasia said. “I think this is one of the toughest courses I’ve played in my career.
“I’m not comfortable on the course, I’m nervous on every single shot. When I finished the third round, I knew I had a few shots lead into the final round. I didn’t need birdies, I was just aiming for pars in the final round.
“On 17, I was thinking I’m not hitting it short, I have to hit over the green and maybe hit the stone and come back. Luckily it did.”
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