Hadwin happy with ball-striking performance at U.S. Open

His score might not have been what he'd envisioned, but Adam Hadwin was in an upbeat mood following his first round at a major championship.

Abbotsford’s Adam Hadwin opened the U.S. Open with a four-over 75 on Thursday.

Abbotsford’s Adam Hadwin opened the U.S. Open with a four-over 75 on Thursday.

His score might not have been what he’d envisioned, but Adam Hadwin was in an upbeat mood following his first round at a major championship.

The 23-year-old Abbotsford golfer fired a four-over 75 in the opening round of the U.S. Open on Thursday at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD. He carded two birdies, four bogies and one double-bogey. That left him tied for 84th, 10 strokes back of leader Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland.

Had his putter been working better, Hadwin felt he could have easily posted a much lower score.

“Today, given the situation, quite possibly was my best ball striking day of my life,” he wrote on his blog at adamhadwin.com. “Starting on the very first hole I was in complete control of my swing, my ball and where it was going; except when I got on the greens.

“I just need to keep my head up, stay focused and hole a few more putts and I will creep up the leader board. This week has been a blast so far and I will continue to enjoy myself out there tomorrow. It’s fun having the opportunity to play in front of the crowds and to test my game against this golf course.”

Hadwin opens the second round at 11:41 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, starting at the 10th hole, with playing partners Christo Greyling of South Africa and Joey Lamielle of Sarasota, Fla.

Hadwin is considered one of Canada’s top up-and-coming golfers. The U.S. Open is just his second career PGA Tour event; he was the low Canadian at last year’s RBC Canadian Open.