Hadwin wins first PGA event

Adam Hadwin will have to put off his honeymoon — or just relocate it to the beautiful surroundings of Augusta National.
The 29-year-old Hadwin — who was born in Moose Jaw and grew up in Abbotsford, B.C. — won his first PGA Tour event at the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla.
Hadwin outduelled Patrick Cantlay down the stretch to take a one-shot victory after going into the day with a four-shot lead.
Hadwin made the turn leading Cantlay by three shots, but a string of four birdies in five holes saw Cantlay pull within a single shot — and if not for a 52-foot birdie putt by Hadwin on the 13th, the duo would have been tied heading into the final four holes.
Instead, Cantlay misplayed a bunker shot on the par-3 15th and ended up dropping a shot to sit two back going into the final three holes, known at Innisbrook as the Snake Pit.
It didn’t take long for Hadwin to feel the bite: his tee shot on the 16th found the water on the right side of the fairway and he would end up taking double bogey on the hole while Cantlay settled for par and a share of the lead.
After an uneventful 17th, Hadwin played a careful and cautious final hole and was rewarded for it when Cantlay’s approach shot found the bunker. His sand escape was well short of the hole and after he missed his par putt to potentially force a playoff, Hadwin drained his two-footer to claim the title.
In addition to winning $1,134,000 for his first place finish, Hadwin jumped 11 spots into fourth place in the FedEx Cup rankings and moved 41 spots up the World Golf rankings into 51st overall.
More importantly, Hadwin receives a handful prestigious tournament berths with his victory — none more impressive than The Masters.
That’s where the honeymoon comes into play: Hadwin and fiance Jessica are to marry on Mar. 22 and had planned to head to the tropics to celebrate their nuptials around the Apr. 3 weekend. That weekend, coincidently, coincides with the most prestigous golf tournament on the planet.
Hadwin also qualifies for the PGA Championship, the Players Championship, the Match Play Championship and the Bridgestone Invitational.
This isn’t the first time Hadwin has dominated PGA news this season — he became the first Canadian and ninth player ever to card 59 when he shot the score at the CareerBuilder Challenge back in January.