Mark Zecchino is the host of TSN’s Golf Talk Canada and the play-by-play voice of PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM. All this week we will preview The Masters. In this series, Zecchino breaks down Canadian Adam Hadwin’s chances at Augusta in an interview for Tip of the Tower.
Canadian Adam Hadwin picked up his first career win on the PGA Tour at the Valspar Championship just a few weeks ago. Born in Moose Jaw, SK but raised in Abbotsford, BC the 29-year-old is quickly becoming one of the rising stars on the PGA Tour.
In an interview with Mark Zecchino, who is the host of TSN’s Golf Talk Canada and the play-by-play voice of PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM, we discussed Hadwin’s chances of winning The Masters this weekend at Augusta.
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This will be Hadwin’s first appearance at The Masters, which is always a special achievement in the career of any golfer.
The Masters is special for all Canadians because it signifies spring and the beginning of outdoor life after hibernating all winter. This particular year is special because it’s the first time ever that we will have three Canadians in the field. Adam Hadwin will be joined by Mackenzie Hughes and 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir.
The only player to win The Masters in their first attempt was Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 so the odds are stacked against Hadwin or any other first time players at The Masters.
However, Hadwin is playing incredibly well and I would be shocked if he didn’t at least make the cut and perhaps have an opportunity to compete on Sunday. I expect him to play well because he hits the ball a long way and he putts really well and you have to be a great putter to do well at Augusta. He is sixth on the tour in strokes gained putting, which is a key stat.
He has only missed one cut this year and he earned his first career victory. He also has a second place finish to his credit and shot a 59 earlier this year and has just played exceptionally well all year.
Hadwin has four Top 10 finishes and six Top 25 finishes already in 2017. He is fifth in the Fed Ex point’s standings and so there is no reason he shouldn’t do well this weekend at Augusta.