Once in a while a Canadian on the PGA Tour shows flashes of brilliance. This past Saturday, Adam
Hadwin, who was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and raised in Abbotsford, British Columbia, was
more than brilliant. His third round at the CareerBuilder Challenge was the best ever round by a
Canadian in the history of the PGA Tour and only one shot back of Jim Furyk for the best round ever on
the PGA Tour.
Hadwin shot a blazing 13-under par 59 on Saturday and finished in second place overall this past
weekend at -19, one stroke back of the champion, American Hudson Swafford. If the score of 59 rings a
bell, it should. That is because American sensation Justin Thomas shot a 59 in the first round in winning
the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii only a week earlier. What is gobsmacking is that we haven’t even
finished the first month of 2017 and we already have two 59s!
You might be wondering why I began my weekly golf report for the Independent Sports News discussing
Hadwin and Thomas, rather than Tiger Woods who is competing this weekend at the Farmers Insurance
Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, California, which starts Thursday. That is because I am a firm believer
in glorifying recent excellence in sports. There is no question that Woods will be on any list as one of the
top five best golfers of all-time, but the bottom line is he should not be on anyone’s radar in fantasy golf
pools this weekend until he puts four outstanding rounds together again.
This week, I like Dustin Johnson, two Brits (Olympic champion Justin Rose and Andrew Johnston who has
the nickname of Beef) and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama. Johnston is rather new to the PGA Tour, but had a
wonderful British Open in 2016 where he finished eighth and received Ryder Cup consideration from
European captain Darren Clarke. Matsuyama meanwhile dominated the field in winning the World Golf
Championship HSBC Champions event in Shanghai this past October where he beat American Daniel
Berger and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, the British Open champion, by seven strokes each.
Players on the PGA Tour are obviously hungry for a title in San Diego. I guess I am getting a little hungry
as well. For the first time ever I discussed the terms “Beef” and “Berger” in the same paragraph in an
Independent Sports News report. Best of luck to all in fantasy golf pools this week!