Mar 13th, 2017
Adam Hadwin claims first PGA title
Holds nerve after finding water on 16
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Getty Images
It was plain sailing for Adam Hadwin yesterday as he took the Valspar Championship in Innisbrook, Florida. He had a four shot cushion going into the last round so everything was just groovy. Until, that is, Hadwin stepped onto the 16th tee. He had a two shot lead by this stage, but one water-bound tee-shot and 20 minutes later, he was suddenly tied for the lead with two to play.
Hadwin, who shot a 59 in January, held his nerve, parring 17 and 18 while his main competitor Patrick Cantlay bogeyed the last to finish second.
Open champion Henrik Stenson was the top-placed European, finishing six shots back after a 70.
Graeme McDowell had five birdies in a 67 and was nine shots adrift, while Ian Poulter, playing on a medical extension, finished level for the tournament. He needs to find form sooner rather than later if he is to avoid losing his tour card.