Adam Hadwin is a top-10 machine at the Shriners Children’s Open.
The Canadian owns three of them in four appearances at TPC Summerlin with T-34th the exception. Even then, he was in contention through three rounds.
Hadwin peaked in his debut in 2019, taking T-4th (67-66-68-63). The T-34th (67-68-62-74) came the year after, followed by T-6th (67-64-68-67) in 2021, and T-10th (67-67-65-68) in 2022.
"“I think when we get on the West Coast, obviously living in Phoenix, I’m comfortable in desert golf and see the lines pretty well,” Hadwin was transcribed by ASAP Sports in 2022. “I get comfortable on these greens as well. I see them a lot better than some of the Bermuda greens we see, especially last week in Jackson.”"
Hadwin comes into this week as fresh as anyone with no starts yet in the FedEx Cup Fall. The last time we saw him was at the BMW Championship.
He made that final top 50 at the BMW thanks to a solid season highlighted by a T-2nd at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
The 35-year-old out of the University of Louisville ranked 44th in total strokes gained on the PGA Tour in 2022-23. Hadwin has been a great putter for a long time and ranked 23rd last season (.442).
I don’t see rust being a factor for Hadwin. He’ll have an easy trip heading just one state over to this event.
Plus, he doesn’t have the pressure of trying to make Nos. 51-60 in the FedEx Cup Fall to qualify for next year’s first two Signature Events. Hadwin’s already exempt.
He’ll be playing pressure-free at a venue he loves, which should lead to a big payday come Sunday.