Midway through Sunday’s back 9, the CareerBuilder Challenge saw a rare 6-way tie at the top between surging Chad Campbell, the injury free Bud Cauley, rookie Dominic Bozzelli, Mr. 59 Adam Hadwin, PGA Tour winner Brian arman and steady veteran Hudson Swafford. As the holes winded down, Hudson Swafford rose to the occasion and won the tournament. With the pressure on, Swafford hit brilliant shots on 15, 16 and 17 to set up easy birdies on the challenging finishers to claim his first career title and a one-shot victory over Adam Hadwin.
A consolation prize
For the second time in as many weeks, there is a new member of the 59 club. On Saturday, 29-year-old Canadian, Adam Hadwin, scorched La Quinta C.C., making 13 birdies to fire the second 59 in 9 days! Hadwin’s 59 was thanks to a back 9 surge in which he birdied holes 11-15 to pull to 12-under, needing only 1 birdie in the final 3 to post the number. Hadwin calmly stuck his approach to 5 feet on 17 and rolled in the birdie putt to get to 13-under. After a par on 18, Hadwin became the first player without a PGA Tour win to their name to fire the mystical number.
Last week, I trekked to Streamsong to see what everyone has been talking about, and it didn’t disappoint. I played both the Red and Blue Courses, designed by Coore & Crenshaw and Tom Doak. Check out my thoughts on the experience as a whole. I will be publishing my deep dives into each course this week with the Red course hitting the site on Tuesday morning and the Blue course going live on Thursday morning.
A long time coming
In Abu Dhabi, the start of Sunday’s round found the leaderboard jammed with stars. Young gun Tyrrell Hatton held the lead over the likes of Dustin Johnson, three-time champion Martin Kaymer, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, 2014 champion Pablo Larrazabal and the promising Tommy Fleetwood. Gusty winds made for difficult conditions and most struggled to get into red figures. However, after a chip-in eagle on the 10th, Fleetwood was off to the races, making 3 more birdies on the back 9 for a 31 and a 1-shot win over Dustin Johnson. The win was Fleetwood’s second on the European Tour but his first in over 3 years.
Back in the Bahamas
The Web.com Tour is back in the Bahamas at the Abaco Club for their second tournament of the season, and the players are encountering much of the same tough scoring conditions. Sunday’s opening round saw winds blowing upwards of 30 mph, leading to slow rounds and high scores. While Sunday’s scores weren’t as bad as Grand Exuma’s, they were hardly good. To make matters worse, today’s winds are expected to exceed 50 and 60 mph and all signs point to the Web.com Tour continuing to play. When faced with similar conditions this weekend in Hawaii, The Champions Tour decided to shorten their tournament to 36 holes. My guess is that since these two Bahamas events are the big Sunday-Wednesday schedule tests that the Tour is making a business decision rather than protecting its players and putting forth the best championship.
Talkin’ college golf with JC Deacon
College golf contributor Andy Hill is back for another episode of the college golf podcast, this time sitting down with University of Florida Men’s Golf Coach JC Deacon. The pair cover a lot of topics including the Gators season thus far and Deacon’s vision for the program and its players. Listen here.
Special thanks to fried egg subscriber Brad Repplinger who hooked us up with some new intro music for the podcasts.
We are at the PGA Show this week. Let us know what you would like us to check out while we are here.
An early Doak golf course in Northern Michigan is on open the market for $1 million.
Roger Clemens’ ridiculous par save at PGA West.
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