TOP 30 PLAYERS TO WATCH
No. 28: Chesson Hadley
Last year’s Web.com Tour star looks ready to thrive in his second stint on TOUR
December 03, 2017
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
Chesson Hadley named 2017 Web.com Tour Player of the Year
By Cameron Morfit, PGATOUR.COM
He’s built like a human hat rack; he plays like a human highlight film.
The 6-foot-4, 160-pound Hadley won twice on the Web.com Tour last season, then opened eyes in his return to the PGA TOUR with three top-five finishes in his first three starts in the fall. He left the fall events at No. 8 in FedExCup points while moving up 42 spots in the world rankings, looking a lot like the superstar who burst onto the TOUR with a victory at the 2014 Puerto Rico Open.
“That's my thing, for me only,” Hadley said when asked how he reignited his career at the Sanderson Farms Championship, where he finished second to Ryan Armour. “I'm not looking to help anybody else, if that doesn't come across cross as selfish or arrogant. I've just kind of found something that works for me. Hopefully I can remember it and keep doing it.”
Low-key off the course, where he unwinds with wood-working and crossword puzzles, Hadley makes must-see moments on it.
He won with style at last season’s LECOM Health Challenge and Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, the latter by shooting a final-round 65 to complete the biggest comeback win in the event’s 28-year history. And he went down swinging at three other tournaments, two of which he lost in wild sudden-death playoffs.
A proven closer, Hadley, 30, now looks readier than ever to compete, and win, at the game’s highest level.
2017-18 position: 8
Playoff appearances: 2
TOUR Championship appearances: 0
Best result: 49th (2014)
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INSIGHTS FROM OUR INSIDERS
TOUR INSIDER by Ben Everill
He’s on this list for a reason -- most of us around the PGA TOUR expect Hadley to enter the winner’s circle this season. Clearly a cut above last year on the Web.com Tour, Hadley’s confidence has returned after it went missing for a few seasons. After winning the Puerto Rico Open in 2014, the sky appeared the limit; instead he lost his card two years later. The learning curve appears to have worked -- he’s already got three top three finishes this fall. He’s here to stay this time.
FANTAY INSIDER by Rob Bolton
This is already a different time and space from when he paced the Web.com Tour in combined earnings in 2013. Now 30 years of age and a father of two, he's made no secret of how fortunate he knows he is to climb back to the big leagues. With a lights-out fall already paving his way to the Playoffs, the next challenge will be how to sustain and parlay his 2017 Web.Com Tour Player of the Year award into the next big thing. With renewed perspective and experience that includes both success and humility, gamers are advised to invest in him time and again.
EQUIPMENT INSIDER by Jonathan Wall
Plays a fairly stock setup with 13 Titleist clubs. 917D3 driver has 10.5 degrees of loft. Carries a 718 T-MB 3-iron instead of a traditional long iron. Has four-degree loft gaps between his gap wedge (52), sand wedge (56) and lob wedge (60). Only non-Titleist club in the bag is an Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball putter.
STYLE INSIDER by Greg Monteforte
Colorful preppy looks have been Chesson’s go-tos since arriving on TOUR. His recent move to Peter Millar’s luxurious threads will provide him with a style upgrade for 2018. Opting for tailored shirts with a slimmer cut would be a good New Year’s resolution for Hadley.