• And just last week, he was two-over in his first round at the Frys.com Open and holed out for an eagle on the last hole before going on to finish tied for seventh: $130,312.50.
"Oh, I have a big-time flair for the dramatic,” Hadwin said Wednesday from Sea Island, Ga., where he’s preparing for this week’s McGladrey Classic. “Those are the kinds of things that I do and I don’t have any particular reason why.”
Hadwin, 23, from Abbotsford, B.C., will need some more drama this week. In his four events, he has made $432,752.22, but he needs to get into the top 125 on the PGA Tour money list (currently sitting at $602,392) to earn his card for next season. If he can make another $130,000 or so, Hadwin would qualify for a temporary membership that would get him status on the Nationwide Tour next season.
If not, he’s off to the second round of Q-school next month, and he'd be fine with that.
"I would be really cool to do it, if not, it's not the end of the world. I've got lots of time, I'm only 23. I'm not supposed to peak until I'm 30, so let's hope this isn't my peak."
Hadwin can join a elite crowd of players who have been able to skip Q-school.
"As of right now I've got one week to do it. It's something that has only been done, I think, five times previously and the last time was 2005, so to have two guys (Hadwin and Bud Cauley)with potential to do it is pretty cool."
Whether it happens now or later, Hadwin knows he belongs on the PGA Tour.
"I'm ready to kind of take on the world," he said.
HEARN KEEPING FOOT ON PEDAL
He’s now the lone Canadian safe inside the PGA Tour’s all-important top-125, but that won’t stop David Hearn from trying to climb even higher to reap scheduling benefits.
The Brantford, Ont., native kept his hot play going, following up a career best tie for fifth two weeks ago with a tie for seventh Sunday at the Frys.com Open in California. The payday of $130,312.50 moved Hearn to 102 on the money list but he will be gunning to move up even more.
"I'm not changing my strategy in any way," he said after the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
"There's always something to play for. The top-70 is an important benchmark to try and achieve. When you're in the top 70, you'll see guys out here trying to finish in the top 30 on the money list, which is another important benchmark. The higher you get the more rewarded you get for events next year."
FIRST-TIMERS MAKE FOR BAD VIEWING
Bryce Molder's victory over journeyman Briny Baird in a marathon playoff on the weekend marked the 14th time this season a player has won for the first time on the PGA Tour.
It begs the question, though, is this so-called parity good for the game?
The first-time-winner angle is a good story for a week, but in the long run, is anyone going to look back at 2011 as a year 14 guys won for the first time? Probably not.
Spectators and TV audiences like watching the best handful of players duel it out week-to-week. The Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson era may be waning but it will be looked upon with the same sort of fondness as the golden era of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, among others.
NEWSFLASH! TSENG STILL DOMINATING
Yani Tseng won for the sixth time this season and for the fifth time in her last 10 starts on Sunday in south Korea.
Even though she's putting up the kind of numbers that made Annika Sorenstam a star, the LPGA's wonky one-week-on, one-week-off schedule and a lack of TV time make it difficult to follow such a stellar campaign. Too bad.
FIFTH MAJOR UNLIKELY ... FOR NOW
Perhaps he was just caught up in the spirit of the week-long Shui On Land China Golf Challenge — where players are driven in Rolls Royces and flown city-to-city on private jets and generally treated like royalty — but Lee Westwood’s desire for "another major somewhere else in the world” won't be happening anytime soon.
As the game continues to become a global endeavour, and with players still trying to figure out how to split time between the two major tours, an Asian or Australian major might be something to think about in the future. Trouble is, it's tough to imagine a fifth major being added and with the U.S. and British Opens unlikely to switch countries, and the Masters staying put in Augusta, the only option may be to contest the PGA (of America) Championship overseas.
FOWLER FASHION DISASTER
This spring, we dared to contemplate the fashion disaster that would occur if the bold Puma-clad Rickie Fowler happened to win the Masters and had to pull on the green jacket.
Well, that garish ensemble came true Sunday, in Korea, not Augusta. Fowler won the Korea Open then pulled the winner’s green blazer (how original) over his tangerine sponsors garb. Yikes.
Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont., will join Canadians Hadwin, Hearn, Stephen Ames and Matt McQuillan in the McGladrey Classic. The Canadian Tour player shot 67 and survived a playoff at a Monday qualifier in Brunswick, Ga., to get into the field.