LOS ANGELES – Adam Hadwin has learned his lesson. He was wearing his PGA Tour badge and didn’t run onto the green with a bottle of champagne to spray Nick Taylor when he hit the winning putt to win the WM Phoenix Open in a sudden-death playoff on Sunday.
Hadwin, you may recall, was tackled by a security guard at the RBC Canadian Open in June when he was not recognized as a Tour pro.
On Sunday, Hadwin wore the same green hoodie and jeans he wore on that fateful day in Canada when Taylor took on Charley Hoffman. Hadwin said he wore the same outfit that morning for good luck for Taylor, who shared the 54-hole lead. As one social media commenter noted, “It’s like he wants it to happen.”
Same outfit. It’s like he wants it to happen. pic.twitter.com/SQkqydv6Ry
— No Laying Up (@NoLayingUp) February 12, 2024
This time, Hadwin watched the tying goal with fellow countryman Corey Conners from a bridge between the 18 green and the TPC Scottsdale clubhouse. He then moved to the greenside with Conners, his wife, Taylor’s wife Andie and pro Kevin Streelman during the two-hole playoff.
“This time I wore my badge. At least this time they knew who I was,” he said.
Here’s the cool part that no one has talked about yet: Hadwin missed the cut on Saturday morning. He was part of the wrong side of the wave that shot up about three strokes and he carded 75-71 and had Sunday off. He had no reason to be at TPC Scottsdale. It wasn’t like he finished a few groups early and had time to kill. Most of the country was busy watching the first half of the Super Bowl. But Hadwin lives nearby and told me Golf week he was watching golf on TV that afternoon while rooting for his buddy.
“I only live about 12 minutes away,” he said, downplaying the fact that he went to TPC Scottsdale because of the chance that Taylor would rally within three strokes of Hoffman with four holes to play. But as Dionne Warwick once sang, “That’s what friends are for.” We’ll give Hadwin a golf clap for being there again for his friend’s victory – and we’re glad he didn’t get hammered this time.
I asked him during the play-off @WMPhoenixOpen If he checked that security, do you know who he is this time? He said he specifically carries his ID and he won’t risk it with a bottle of champagne! https://t.co/PBKFc9U4yk
— Cara Banks (@CaraBanksGC) February 12, 2024