Mike Weir who? Canada might have a new young face of golf in Adam Hadwin, a 23-year-old from Abbotsford, B.C., who tied for fourth at the RBC Canadian Open.
With the support of the crowds at Shaughnessy, Hadwin rallied after posting a discouraging four-over 39 on the front nine. Following a bogey on 11, he rolled in three consecutive birdies to jump back into contention.
He admitted to feeling some nerves initially, but regrouped and reminded himself he was a decent putter.
“I settled down and just told myself that I’ve been putting great all week,” he said, grinning. “I’m not that bad of a putter like I showed on No. 8 today.”
He four-putted the eighth green.
“I did get off to a rough start, but I kept telling myself just enjoy it,” said Hadwin, who earned a spot in the field at this week’s event at Greenbrier with his top-ten finish. “Everybody’s cheering for you. Just have fun out there, and things turned around there on the back nine.”
Apparently CBS producers were big fans, too. Hadwin received ample camera time during the telecast.
Meanwhile, the Twittersphere was abuzz over Adam’s resemblance to Vinny Chase of the HBO series Entourage. Which, in case you weren’t sure, is a massive compliment. Just about every guy wants to live the life of Vinny Chase, where there’s never a shortage of beautiful women, booze and pool parties.
“I don’t know if I’d call it fame,” said Hadwin when asked about his new stardom. “But it’s exciting. I said it before, if I don’t continue to do my thing and play well that people aren’t going to cheer for me anyways. So you’ve just got to put your head down and play hard and hopefully things work out.”
Hadwin plays regularly on the Canadian Tour, but qualified for the US Open last month where he finished a respectable T39. He took home Low-Canadian honors for the second consecutive year — except this time his name was 33 spots higher on the leaderboard.