For all those who read my weekly fantasy golf report for the Independent Sports News, I hope you read last week’s edition. That is because Canada’s Adam Hadwin was one of four golfers I recommended you choose in your weekly fantasy golf pools.
It was a very significant weekend for Hadwin. The native of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan who also lived in Abbotsford, British Columbia, became the second Canadian golfer to win on the PGA Tour in the last four months.
Hadwin’s victory came Sunday at the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida. Hadwin defeated American Patrick Cantlay by a stroke as he shot a four round total of -14.
Hadwin, who is now $1.134 million richer with his first victory on the PGA Tour, has now qualified for the Masters in April. By qualifying for the first major of the 2017 year, he has had to postpone his honeymoon and according to Bob Weeks of TSN, had his celebratory supper with his fiancée Jessica at a local McDonald’s.
Hadwin will join two other Canadians at Augusta. He will joined by Sarnia’s Mike Weir, who qualified by winning the Masters in 2003 and McKenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ontario, who qualified by winning the RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia this past November.
One area of Hadwin’s game that was impressive on Sunday was his resiliency. At one time during the fourth round, Hadwin had a double bogey and allowed Cantlay back into the tournament as there was a temporary tie for the lead. However it was Cantlay, not Hadwin who faltered on the final hole with a bogey.
This week the PGA Tour remains in Florida with the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Country Club in Orlando, Florida. This event has high significance this year because it will be the first Arnold Palmer Invitational since The King passed away this past fall on September 25. The defending champion is Australian Jason Day, a golfer fantasy players should consider choosing this week. Others include Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, England’s Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose, and once again Hadwin. Why not? The man from Moose Jaw is on fire!