Speaking with Global News, Hadwin credited his fiancé with helping him focus on the course and deal with the inevitable frustration that comes with playing on the PGA Tour. "I just wanted a chance to win on 18 and that's what I had, but I thought it would take a birdie to win it". The putt went down and Hadwin had won with a 14-under 270 total. Hadwin also said one of the first people he would seek out for advice for next month's Masters is Weir. However, Hadwin was challenged out of the gate by a resurgent Patrick Cantlay, who played alongside Hadwin in the final pairing.
"I just went out there today and just did what I do best which is make it super easy, outside of Hole 16", Hadwin said. "I'd feel like I kind of threw it away right then and there, and might have been a lot harder to bounce back from".
Hadwin's two-putt par on the final hole at Sunday's Valspar Championship forced the Canadian and his fiancée, Jessica, to bag plans to visit French Polynesia in three weeks and book a trip to Augusta National Golf Club for the Masters.
The win puts Hadwin in an elite place in the world of golf, making him not only the top-ranked Canadian, but also eligible for World Golf Championship events, and likely all four of golf's major championships based on his world rankings. The 24-year-old Californian missed and Hadwin's short brush-in gave him his first PGA Tour victory.
Hadwin held a two-shot lead as he entered the treacherous "Snake Pit" - the closing three-hole stretch at Innisbrook Resort. Hadwin found the water hazard right off the tee, setting up a double-bogey 6.More news: Angelina Jolie Destroyed Brad Pitt And George Clooney Friendship?
The pair both made pars on 17, and found the fairway with their drives on 18. "And you know, that's what I love doing out there. He's a great competitor and we battled it out to the end".
Cantlay stuffed a wedge to six feet to set up a birdie on the 11th hole, but Hadwin calmly sank a 15-footer to beat Cantlay to the punch. Hadwin, his ball on the back fringe and nestled up against the rough, had only to get up and down for par from 34 feet. The following year, in front of a supportive crowd, he contended for the Canadian Open, finishing in a tie for fourth. He had been playing on a major medical extension dating to the 2013 season and needed to earn $624,746 in 10 starts.
Slated to play this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, Hadwin looks to be equipped to get himself into the Sunday mix more and more. He held the lead going into the final round, but was bested by Hudson Swafford, finishing second.
"I've worked my butt off to get here", Hadwin said.