Positive attitude lifts Hadwin to Chiquita Classic title in second Finals event

Chiquita Classic - Final Round







After opening the Chiquita Classic with a course record-tying, 9-under 63, Adam Hadwin struggled a bit in the second round. His even-par 72 included three birdies and three bogeys, and his two-shot lead had turned into a three-stroke deficit.

But after Friday’s round, Hadwin was upbeat about his chances for the weekend. He was particularly pleased by a short-iron approach he hit to three feet for birdie on his final hole of the day, the par-4 ninth.

If even par was his bad round for the week, he knew he would be okay. Sure enough, Hadwin rebounded with weekend rounds of 67 and 68, outlasting John Peterson by two shots for his second Web.com Tour victory of 2014.

“It’s very rare to play a tournament where you play great, or well, all four days,” Hadwin said. “Usually you have 18, maybe 27, holes where it’s not perfect golf and you’ve got to grind it out. You’ve got to get to the clubhouse as best you can. That birdie on the last hole of my second round, I hit two really good golf shots, and that boosted me for the weekend.”

Second-round leader Derek Fathauer struggled to weekend rounds of 75 and 72, ultimately finishing T16. Third-round leader Greg Chalmers got off to a rough start on Sunday, playing his first six holes in 3-over, and his final-round 75 led to a T8 finish.

Hadwin, on the other hand, limited the damage in a second round where he struggled to find a rhythm off the tee. His short game kept his score at level par, and he stayed in position to make a charge on the weekend.

Perhaps most importantly, he stayed optimistic about his chances.

“I was talking to my caddie [Joe Cruz] walking up 18, and I told him that three shots back of the lead is the closest that I’ve been in about half a year,” Hadwin said after completing his second round on Friday afternoon. “So it’s not all bad.”

Not all bad, at all.

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