Adam Hadwin’s tie for fourth Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open was bittersweet.
Trying to become the first Canadian in more than 50 years to win his country’s national championship, those hopes were quickly dashed when Hadwin made two bogeys and a double bogey in his first eight holes. Hadwin charged back, however, with three straight birdies on the back nine only to finish two strokes out of a playoff.
“I can't put words to it,” Hadwin said. “I felt like I was playing for my country out there. Got off to a rough start, and brought it back on the back side and gave them something to cheer about coming in.”
While Hadwin didn’t get the win, he did get into the field for next week’s Greenbrier Classic thanks to a top-10 finish. He also gave the fans plenty to cheer about after overcoming a four-putt on the eighth hole.
“I had basically one goal for the whole day and that was have fun,” Hadwin said. “I kept telling myself just enjoy it. Everybody's cheering for you. Just have fun out there, and things turned around there on the back nine.”
That turnaround also gives Hadwin, a two-timer winner on the Canadian Tour, the confidence that he can play with the best.
“This is my first final group on the PGA TOUR,” he said. “It was kind of exciting. Big crowds all day, lots of cheers. You know, to finish on the back nine like I did was something special.”