Hadwin has another close call at Desert Classic
January 20, 2019
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Adam Hadwin goes pin seeking at Desert Classic
LA QUINTA, Calif. –A difficult finish kept Adam Hadwin from winning the Desert Classic after years of close calls.
Hadwin had a 5-foot birdie putt on the 12th hole to take a four-shot lead over his playing partners in Sunday’s final group, Phil Mickelson and Adam Long. Hadwin missed it, then played his final six holes in 1 over par to lose by one.
Mickelson, who started the final round with a two-shot lead, and Hadwin could only watch as Long made a 14-foot birdie putt on the final hole for the win.
They tied for second at 25 under par after shooting their highest scores of the week. Hadwin shot 67, while Mickelson shot 69.
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Adam Long clinched the title with a 15-footer for birdie on the last hole.
Phil Mickelson has failed to convert six of his last seven 54-hole leads.
This was Hadwin’s fourth consecutive top-6 finish at this event. He is 84 under par in those 16 rounds. He also was runner-up in 2017 after shooting a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin, who’s from Saskatchewan, draws a lot of fan support from Canadians who spend the winters in La Quinta to escape Canada’s cold.
“It’s like playing back in Canada, to be honest with you. There’s always that added pressure,” Hadwin said. “You want to win in front of them. It would have been a special moment if I could have pulled it off.”
Hadwin has three top-10 in six starts this season. He jumped from 51st to 13th in the FedExCup standings.
He held a two-shot lead after shooting 5-under 31 on the front nine. He added another stroke to his lead after nearly holing his 88-yard approach to the par-5 11th. Then he hit his 134-yard approach on the next hole to 5 feet. He also missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole, then failed to get up and down from right of the green on the par-5 16th.
“It’s golf,” he said. “I made a bunch of putts all week and then honestly I was kind of battling it a little bit swing-wise. I didn’t quite have it like I did the first three days. I got it around nicely, hit a great wedge on 11 and had a good look there on 12, and it just kind of flat-lined on me there in the last few holes.”