PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland – Everything was great this week for Adam Hadwin — except some of the golf — but the 31-year-old Canadian is leaving the Open Championship at Royal Portrush trying to think of the positives.
“Did a lot of good things this week,” Hadwin said after a final round two-over 74. “Unfortunately, I counteracted that with a lot of bad things. So, just take the positives out of this week and keep grinding it out. We have four weeks left in the season.”
Hadwin arrived in Northern Ireland with a hot putter, but midway through the week he suggested that it may not have made the trip with him. On Sunday, just like a day earlier, he got off to a solid start before stumbling. Hadwin birdied his first two holes of the final round, and eagled the seventh with a wedge from off the green.
“I hit two good shots, great drive, good three-wood, it just kind of went over the back of the green,” he said of his play at the seventh. “I just kind of nipped the lob wedge perfectly, those are ones you’re not necessarily trying to make, over the ridge like that, but it was going to settle nice and close and it’s just a bonus to go in.”
But that was the last of the good news on the golf course for him at this Open. He made three bogeys and a double bogey over his final 11 holes to finish the week at four-over par for the championship, in a tie for 57th.
“I really enjoy my time over here, I’ve enjoyed this week,” he said. “I just wish that the golf had been a bit better.”
Hadwin’s focus now turns to preparing for the FedEx Cup playoffs, which begin in three weeks. Hadwin will enter the end-of-season tournaments in a strong position with the goal of being one of the 30 golfers to make it to the Tour Championship in Atlanta. He leaves the Open in 40th spot in the season-long race.
Hadwin isn’t in the field at the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis next week, so he has some time to get rested and shake off some of the swing changes a week of links golf can produce.
“Certain habits creep in when you’re trying to play certain shots here day after day,” he said after his round. “And so I’ll probably have to go back, refresh, and get back to the range, get back to the basics.”
Hadwin primarily was referring to a week of keeping the ball low to combat the wind here at the northern tip of Northern Ireland. He also is hoping to return home to find his hot putter waiting for him. The greens at Portrush are much slower than those on the PGA Tour and he sounded as though he’s willing to give his putter a mulligan, in hopes it returns to form when he tees it up at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina in two weeks time.
Despite not contending, Hadwin said the week of links golf, playing Portrush in every imaginable condition, left him with something new in his arsenal.
“I learned to control a shot a little more in some heavy left-to-right breeze which I didn’t have before,” he said. “So I can take that away, but the golf over here is so different than what we’re used to, and probably so different from what we’ll see the rest of the year.”
The majors are done for 2019, but with the playoffs coming up and a spot on the International Team at December’s Presidents Cup still up for grabs, Hadwin is plenty motivated.
“Goals don’t change, still some big events left and a lot to play for,” he said.
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