BC's Adam Hadwin Wins Chile Classic
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Canada's Adam Hadwin won the Chile Classic for first Web.com Tour title, birdieing the final two holes for a one-stroke victory over Australia's Alistair Presnell.
The 26-year-old Hadwin shot a 3-under 69 at Prince of Wales Country Club for a 16-under 272 total. He earned $117,000.
"I don't know what to say," Hadwin said. I really don't know to feel, what to think," he said. "It's amazing. I battled all day and to finish birdie-birdie and make the putts I did on the last two holes gives me so much confidence. I couldn't be happier."
Presnell had three eagles, the last an 18-footer on the par-5 18th for a 68.
"I heard roars, but I didn't know what happened," Hadwin said. "I knew it was going to be close. I said to my caddie on 17 tee that, 'If I make two birdies, they can't catch us.'"
Hadwin got up-and-down from a greenside bunker on the 308-yard, par-4 17th to tie Presnell for the lead. From 230 yards on the 18th, he hit a 4-iron that missed the green, then chipped to 4 feet and made the putt.
"It was an awkward number. I wanted to hit 5-iron and didn't think I could clear the water if I missed it a little, so I went with 4," said Hadwin, a former University of Louisville player. "I guess I gave up on it a little and luckily it cleared the water. It was a fairly easy chip across the green and was able to get up and down for the victory."
Adam Hadwin's Interview Following His Win at the Chile Classic (Web.com Tour)
He became the 13th Canadian-born player to win on the Web.com Tour and the first since Chris Baryla in the 2009 Chattanoonga Classic, a span of 111 tournaments.
South Korea's Sung Joon Park, Sweden's Henrik Norlander and American Kyle Reifers tied for third at 13 under. Park shot a 66, Norlander had a 69, and Reifers a 71.