October 20 2013
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
LAS VEGAS -- PGA TOUR rookie Chesson Hadley played in the final group of a PGA TOUR event for the first time Sunday. He got off to a rough start, making bogeys on two of the first five holes. Birdies on Nos. 7 and 8 returned Hadley to level par for the round, but he double-bogeyed the easy par-5 ninth hole after his tee shot came to rest under a tree.
He shot a bogey-free, 3-under 33 on the back nine Sunday to finish fifth. His final-round 70 gave him a 16-under 268 total (65-66-67-70). Hadley started the day in second place, four shots behind his fellow Raleigh, N.C., native Webb Simpson.
"It was my first final group and I was very nervous," Hadley said. "I just felt a little uncomfortable enough out there to just throw off my routine a little bit. And I hit some squirrely shots there at the beginning and I was able to make a couple nice par saves that kept the round going because it could have gotten pretty ugly there early."
Hadley, who turned pro in 2010, played his first Web.com Tour season in 2013. He won twice, including the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship, to earn his first TOUR card. He has made the cut in his first two TOUR starts as a member. He finished 72nd in the season-opening Frys.com Open.
He's come a long way in a year.
"About a year ago, ... I was at the point where I just was ready to just put the clubs and what not," Hadley said.