Tee Time: Is Hadwin Canada’s most marketable golfer?

Much has been written in the aftermath of Adam Hadwin’s stellar fourth-place finish at the RBC Canadian Open, but what no one has dared to suggest is that Hadwin is now the most marketable Canadian golfer.

by JIM ANDERSON

Abbotsford News golf columnist

Much has been written in the aftermath of Adam Hadwin’s stellar fourth-place finish at the RBC Canadian Open.

What no one has dared to suggest is that Hadwin is now the most marketable Canadian golfer. Hadwin’s recent rise in the World Golf Ranking has boosted him past Stephen Ames as the top Canadian in the ranking – he’s currently 213th, while Ames is 221st. Ames is 47 years old, with his best years behind him. Hadwin is 23, photogenic and articulate. If Callaway and Odyssey don’t augment his current contracts, they are missing a bet.

Hadwin has gone from relative obscurity to being the hottest Canadian golfer around. Someone predicted Hadwin’s meteoric rise a couple of years ago, but modesty prevents me from saying – no, it doesn’t – I told you so.

While I was attending the Canadian Open, my golfing acquaintance Doug Donaldson was making a hole-in-one at Ledgeview’s 180-yard 14th hole.

Donaldson claims he “pured” a seven iron, and the ball flew straight into the hole. More dependable sources have revealed that he heeled a three wood, which barely cleared the gully, struck a squirrel in the buttocks, went off a rake in the trap, and crawled into the hole on its last gasp. So it’s up to you, readers, whom you choose to believe. Services for the squirrel will be held next Friday at the Roamin’ Critters Basilica.