By Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press
OAKVILLE, Ont. – Adam Hadwin missed his Saturday afternoon nap watching David Hearn play the Canadian Open. Less than 24 hours later, he hoped to catch the rest of the field napping.
Hadwin started off his final round with three birdies and an eagle to get to 5-under through six holes. At that point, the Abbotsford, B.C., native started daydreaming a bit.
“I thought today could be something special,” Hadwin said. “I was thinking I could win it. I was at 13 under at that point, my goal was to try and get a couple more and be tied for the lead before Hearn even teed off.”
Hadwin couldn’t quite do that, but with a round of 4-under he ended up tied for seventh and earned his third top-10 finish of the season. Hadwin ended five shots back of winner Jason Day.
Hearn, from Brantford, Ont., led heading into the back nine but faltered and finished third, two shots off the pace.
A 2-over first round may have ultimately cost Hadwin a real chance of winning, but this was still a positive showing.
“I think the biggest thing: This may have just locked up my (PGA Tour) card for this year,” Hadwin said. “To go out there and really bounce back after quite the terrible opening 18, to bounce back, play the last 54 (holes) 14 under and to climb back in the top 10, I’m very happy, I’m very pleased.”
Hadwin tied for fourth at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open in Vancouver. Prior to this year, Hadwin’s second place after three rounds in 2011 was the closest a Canadian had been at that stage since Mike Weir in 2004.
The 27-year-old Hadwin tied with the likes of Matt Kuchar and 36-hole leader Chad Campbell thanks to his strong Sunday. Hadwin told caddie Joe Cruz early in his round he was feeling good.
“I felt in the right frame of mind,” Hadwin said. “I played so well early, I felt good with the putter, my lines were good, I was making putts and I was hitting it solid. I really thought that I could kind of go out there and post a number. I just got derailed.”
Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., also got derailed a bit but still shot a 1-under par round to wrap up his third Canadian Open but first as a professional. Svensson finished 8 under for the tournament.
“I had a good week,” Svensson said. “I had a lot of fun. … It was my first PGA Tour event as pro, so I can’t complain.”
Nick Taylor of Abbotsford shot 2 under in his final round after tweeting some encouragement for Hearn Saturday night.
“I’ll try to set the right pace for us Canucks tomorrow morning,” Taylor wrote.
Taylor finished 5 under for the tournament.
Six Canadians made the cut. Blair Hamilton and Austin Connelly tied for low amateur at 1 under. Each player had the designation “made cut didn’t finish,” so neither played Sunday.
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