Adam Hadwin celebrates Canada Day with 63 at Rocket Mortgage Classic

Adam Hadwin had the low round of the day at Detroit Golf Club.

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Sun, 2 Jul 2023
Adam Hadwin celebrates Canada Day with 63 at Rocket Mortgage Classic

Adam Hadwin is making news at the PGA Tour event this week, and it isn't because he's getting tackled by security guards.

If you recall, the 35-year-old made headlines at the beginning of June after being mistaken for a fan at the RBC Canadian Open.

Moments after fellow Canadian Nick Taylor had drained a 72-foot putt to win the tournament - the first Canadian to do so since 1954 - Hadwin rushed the green with a bottle of champagne to celebrate with his good friend.

But the celebrations were cut abruptly short when Hadwin was taken down in an NFL-worthy tackle which quickly went viral.

This week, Hadwin is back in action at the PGA Tour's Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, Michigan.

The Abbotsford, B.C., product shot rounds of 66 and 68 to head into the weekend at 10-under par.

He was three strokes back of Taylor Moore and another Canadian, Taylor Pendrith at 13-under.

On Saturday, during a round which saw a nearly two-hour weather delay, Hadwin shot up the leaderboard with an impressive 9-under 63 that tied the course record on 1 July - which also happens to be Canada Day.

Hadwin - who's one of few players to have ever recorded a 59 in a PGA Tour event - went bogey-free on Saturday with seven birdies and an eagle at the par-5 14th.

"I've done a really good job of just staying patient this entire week," Hadwin told reporters after his round. "First two days I didn't get off to great starts, at least by comparison to the field and, just kind of hung in there, kept trying to hit golf shots and I finished well both days. So it was nice to get off to a better start today and it just kind of continued."

With a 54-hole total of 19-under par, he was one-stroke back of leader Rickie Fowler at 20-under.

Fowler is in the hunt for his first PGA Tour win in four years and sixth of his career.

Richmond Hill, Ontario's Pendrith was two back of Fowler at 18-under par. He's searching for his maiden PGA Tour victory after finishing runner-up at the Rocket Mortgage last year.

If either Hadwin or Pendrith win on Sunday, it would mark the fifth Canadian man to win on the PGA Tour this year - extending the record of four which was set with Taylor's win in Toronto last month.

"It's a pretty fun leaderboard right now with Taylor and I at the top on Canada Day as well," Hadwin said.

"Hopefully, yeah, goal tomorrow is just keep doing what I've been doing and just trying to hit golf shots and have as much fun. I haven't been in this position in a while, especially solo. Then even Nick and I were quite a ways back and had a great final round. It will be a lot of fun tomorrow."

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