March 10, 2014
Before beginning his third full season on the Web.com Tour, former University of Louisville All-American Adam Hadwin became just the second former Cardinal to win an event on the professional golf tour.
Playing for the Cardinals from 2005-09, the Abbotsford, British Columbia resident birdied the final two holes at Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago to win the Web.com Tour's Chile Classic.
Hadwin, who began the day with a one-shot lead, fired a 3-under par 69 to finish the event with a stellar 16-under par to win his first event on the tour. Hadwin was one shot better than Alistair Presnell, ended play at 15-under par.
Hadwin got up and down from a greenside bunker for birdie on the reachable par 17th, which was only playing 308 yards. He hit a solid drive on 18, but his second shot leaked right of the green. He chipped to within about four feet of the hole and buried the putt for the birdie and his first Web.com Tour win.
The win puts Hadwin in a spot to finish among the top 25 money leaders at year's end to possibly earn a promotion to the PGA Tour in 2015. Hadwin tied for eighth at last month's Web.com Tour opener in Bogota, Colombia and is now tops on the money list.
Hadwin was an honorable mention All-American for the Cardinals in 2008 and guided the Cardinals to two of their only appearances in the NCAA Championships in 2007 and 2008.
"It was a great to see Adam get his first tour win," UofL head coach Mark Crabtree said. "I always knew he was capable of it. He was a joy to coach while he was at the University of Louisville."