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July 24 2011

4:45 PM

Hadwin carries hopes of nation

Adam Hadwin begins the final round just a stroke off the lead and trying to become just the fifth Canadian to win the RBC Canadian Open, a tournament with a storied history as the third-oldest championship in golf.

In a word, Sean Foley said that Hadwin’s swing is “pure.” He also said Hadwin is a “very accomplished” player, despite being just 23 years old.

This is just Hadwin’s third career start on the PGA TOUR, but he’s not exactly a strange to success. He’s won twice on the Canadian Tour, including earlier this year, and last year tied for 37th in this tournament. He also tied for 39th at the U.S. Open earlier this year.

A win would earn Hadwin the opportunity to become a PGA TOUR member and give him a two-year exemption on TOUR. A top-10 finish this week would earn him a spot in next week’s Greenbrier Classic.

The other Canadians to win their national Open are: Karl Keffer (1909, ’14), Albert Murray (1908, ’13), Charles Murray (1906, ’11) and Pat Fletcher (1954).

What will Hadwin do to try to add his name to that list? He’ll try to recall on the experience of his first career win a year ago, among other tournaments, like this year’s U.S. Open.

“Getting that first win end of last year was big, it was tight,” he said. “I needed to make some good shots, and I pulled the shots off when I needed to.”

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