Hadwin takes 54-hole lead at Chile Classic
March 08, 2014
- Adam Hadwin carded a Saturday 67 in Chile to take the 54-hole lead.
SANTIAGO, Chile – Canada’s Adam Hadwin fired a 5-under 67 and managed to scramble to the top of a tightly-packed leaderboard at the Chile Classic, the second stop on the 2014 Web.com Tour schedule.
Hadwin was steady but not spectacular as he moved into the 54-hole lead with a 13-under 203 total, one better than Columbia’s Manuel Villegas (64), Scott Pinckney (67) and Kyle Reifers (68).
Australian Alistair Presnell (65) and South Africa’s Garth Mulroy (70) share fifth place, two shots back of Hadwin.
Eight others, including 36-hole leader Byron Smith (75) are three off the pace heading into Sunday’s finale.
For Hadwin, a non-winner in his first two full seasons on Tour, this week has been about keeping things simple at the Prince of Wales Country Club.
“Some might say I’m a little conservative off the tee than others. I’ve hit a lot of 4-irons off the tees,” he said. “I’m coming into greens with 8-irons or 9-irons instead of challenging it. I haven’t been in too much trouble this week and I feel like I’m starting to play smart golf and play to my strengths.”
Hadwin chalked up six birdies to offset a single bogey and slowly moved into contention as the second-round leaders all struggled to pull away from the field. Only three of the final ten players on the course Saturday managed to break par and the final pairing of Smith and Argentina’s Jorge Fernandez-Valdes both stumbled to over-par scores and dropped in the standings.
“The golf course layout is short and it plays short but if you miss the fairway by five yards left or right you don’t have a shot on some of these doglegs,” said Hadwin, who had never held or shared a lead in any of his first 48 Tour starts. “If your rhythm is not quite there it’s very easy to start missing stuff in the wrong place and bogeys will come quickly.”
Third-Round Notes & Quotes:
• Saturday weather: Sunny all day. Winds were calm in the morning and then S 5-10 through 4pm and then S 10-20 mph. High of 90.
• The course record at the Prince of Wales Country Club is 11-under 61, set by 2013 tournament champion Kevin Kisner in the third round.
• The winning scores in the first two years of this event were 22-under by Paul Haley II in 2012 and 21-under by Kevin Kisner in 2013.
• Fourth-round play will be in twosomes off the first tee. Times will run from 9:30 am to 3:10 pm (local).
• Mark Hubbard registered the third ace of the week on the par-3, 11th hole. Hubbard used a 9-iron to cover the 156 yards to the cup. "My caddie gave me the club, told me one bounce and in, and that’s what I did," he said. It was his fourth career ace but his first in competition. Roger Sloan and Jake Younan both aced that same hole during Thursday’s round. Hubbard finished with a 5-under 67 and is T25 heading into Sunday.
• Perhaps it's only a coincidence that Roger Sloan, Jake Younan and Mark Hubbard all bogeyed the 12th hole after each aced the par-3, 11th.
• Fernando Mechereffe of Brazil had a pair of eagles on par-5s (Nos. 9, 14) en route to a 7-under 65. Mechereffe is only the fourth player in tournament history – and the first this week – to have two eagles in a single round.
• Players who have posted bogey-free rounds:
R1 -- 64 – Garth Mulroy; 65 – Byron Smith; 67 – Andrew Putnam, Bhavik Patel, Brett Lederer, Jonathan Fricke; 68 – Guy Boros; 70 – Richard S. Johnson
R2 – 64 – Scott Harrington; 65 – Sebastian Pinzon; 66 – Tom Gillis; 67 – Daniel Berger, Nathan Tyler, Ryan Blaum, Kevin Kim; 68 – Andres Gonzales, Jeff Curl, Troy Kelly; 69 – Martin Ureta
R3 – 65 – Alistair Presnell, Fernando Mechereffe
• There are nine players from Chile in this week’s field:
- Felipe Aguilar 71-73—144 ... E/MC
- Benjamin Alvarado 71-73—144 ... E/MC
- Juan Cerda 69-76—145 ... +1/MC
- Christian Espinoza 72-70-71—213 ... -3/T59
- Nicholas Geyger 67-74-73—214 ... -2/T64
- Hugo Leon 70-70-75—215 ... -1/T67
- Santiago Russi 70-75—145 ... +1/MC
- Mark Tullo 73-72—145 ... +1/MC
- Martin Ureta 70-69-69—208 ... -8/T19
• Scoring averages for the week
Front 9 (36) Back 9 (36) Total (72)
R1 35.826 35.806 71.632
R2 35.292 35.590 70.882
R3 35.500 35.311 70.811
• DID YOU KNOW ABOUT CHILE…. 1.256 million liters of wine were produced in 2012.