Adam Hadwin's renewed dedication pays off in big way

Canada's Adam Hadwin won the Chile Classic in Santiago on the Web.com Tour on Sunday. (Reuters)

Canada's Adam Hadwin won the Chile Classic in Santiago on the Web.com Tour on Sunday. (Reuters)

Mike Koreen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:16 PM ET

Adam Hadwin kind of fell off the Canadian golf radar in 2013 — and that just might have been the best thing for him.

Granted, it was the opposite of fun at the time for the 26-year-old from Abbotsford, B.C., who just two years earlier came quite close to becoming the first Canadian to win the Canadian Open since 1954. But taking a step back with a disappointing sophomore season on the Web.com Tour — he missed 10 of 21 cuts — convinced Hadwin to make significant changes to his approach.

Now, after just two tournaments in the 2014 season, Hadwin’s got the Canadian golf community buzzing again, providing ample evidence that he could be ready to make a full-time impact on the sport’s top stage — the PGA Tour. A one-stroke win Sunday at the Chile Classic in Santiago snapped a 111-tournament, five-year victory drought for Canadians on the Web.com Tour and gives Hadwin a wonderful opportunity to cash in with a PGA Tour card at the end of this season.


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