The image of Canadian golfer Adam Hadwin bouncing around with pure joy at last June’s Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village is one that will not be forgotten anytime soon.
Hadwin, who had been playing professional golf on the PGA Tour for over seven seasons, had at long last recorded his first ace on Tour on a Friday in June at one of the PGA’s most notable events.
It was a long wait for the 34-year-old, but one that was certainly worth it. Not only had Hadwin made his first-ever ace on the PGA Tour at one of its most prestigious events; he had done it at Jack’s place.
Fast-forward a handful of months and Adam Hadwin was busy celebrating again, this time at this week’s 2022 Shriners Children’s Open at TPC Summerlin.
It took Adam Hadwin seven seasons to record his first hole-in-one, it took just several months to deliver the second.
The 2017 Valspar Champion is making his second start of the new PGA Tour season this week in Las Vegas, and after back-to-back rounds of 67 Hadwin was off to a great start heading into Saturday’s third round of the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open.
Adam got off to a solid but unspectacular start after adding two birdies to his tally early on, it wasn’t until the Ace on the Par 3, 14th hole, however, that things really kicked into gear.
Facing the 150-yard Par 3 at TPC Summerlin, Adam Hadwin, with pitching wedge in hand, sent his ball high into the sky as he looked to challenge the back pin placement.
The line was perfect as his golf ball took a small hop short of the hole before rolling directly into the cup. The celebration this time was significantly more subdued in comparison to the scenes that unfolded in June. The Canadian acted like someone who had been there before; because he had been.
It was the second Ace in five months for Adam Hadwin
"“Yeah, I mean, it’s a good pin on the back right. I had to take some off a pitching wedge, and just kind of held it up there nicely. It took off on a perfect line. Obviously when it lands, you never quite know, but it was on a perfect line, and I think it was going to be close regardless. So it’s a bonus to drop in.”"
Adam Hadwin said when describing the moment following his round. He would go on to add an additional two birdies to the card across the final four holes following the hole-in-one on 14.
The 34-year-old ended the day with a 65 which leaves him five shots off the pace of leaders Patrick Cantlay and Tom Kim going into Sunday’s final round.
Despite the fact that he has suddenly racked up two in five months after all this time on Tour, Adam Hadwin is still convinced there is a lot of luck involved.
“Regardless if it was a pitching wedge this time, 7-iron last time, there’s a lot of luck involved. I hit two perfect golf shots for sure, but there’s still a lot of luck. You’ve got to get the proper bounce on the green,” he added.
Skill, luck, or a combination of the both, it has to feel good not having to wait another seven seasons for the next one for Hadwin.