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Canada’s Adam Hadwin (pictured by Getty Images) did not let the pressure get to him coming down the stretch on Sunday at River Run Country Club. Hadwin held a two-stroke lead over John Peterson as the two teed off the par-5 finishing hole. Peterson recorded a par on the hole which meant that Hadwin needed only a bogey to win. Hadwin two-putted for five and the victory at the Chiquita Classic. The University of Louisville alum carded a 68 on Sunday for a two-stroke triumph over Peterson (69).

“I was nervous the whole day,” the 28-year-old Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan native said. “I just trusted my golf swing, trusted the shots that I saw and stayed aggressive.”

Hadwin’s 18-under 270 earned him $180,000. He is now tied for the No. 1 spot on the Web.com Tour Finals money list with Hotel Fitness Championship winner Bud Cauley. With two tournaments left in the Finals, Hadwin has a shot of finishing in that coveted top spot.

“It’s huge,” Hadwin said. “To get fully exempt for the year and to obviously be in THE PLAYERS is an added bonus.”

The Finals are comprised of four tournaments that match PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour professionals in a competition for 50 PGA TOUR cards for the 2014-15 season.

Things were tight as Hadwin and Peterson teed off on the 72nd hole. The par-5, 18th, was playing down wind and Peterson had a realistic chance of reaching the green in two. Hadwin chose to lay up from out of the left rough to a comfortable wedge distance. That decision meant that Peterson would need to do something miraculous to catch Hadwin.

“Standing there, my mindset was to force John to make eagle,” said Hadwin.

Peterson hit a draw around a tree over water that landed on the putting surface and rolled off the back. The former All-American had a chip for three that came up 15 feet short. Peterson then missed the birdie putt and had to settle for par. Peterson, a native of  Fort Worth, failed to take the tournament into overtime, but he did lock up his return to the TOUR.

“Everyone was counting me out,” the 25-year-old former Louisiana State University Tiger said. “I’m just glad to be back out there next year.”

Tom Hoge’s (68) solo third performance means that he will get one of the 50 TOUR cards handed out at the conclusion of the Web.com Tour Championship.

Oscar Fraustro (66), Jim Herman (67) Kyle Refiers (70) and Scott Pinckney (71) all tied for fourth at 13-under.

Final-Round Notes:

* Sunday weather: Partly cloudy. Wind NE 6-12 mph. High of 85.

* Adam Hadwin collected his second win of the season and of his career with his victory Sunday. Hadwin’s win came in his 19th start of the year and the 66th start of his career.
2014 Chile Classic
2014 Chiquita Classic

* Hadwin joined three-time winner Carlos Ortiz as the only multiple winners on the Web.com Tour in 2014.

* Hadwin collected a check for $180,000 and increased his season total to $473,667. He also moved up two spots to No. 2 on the year-long money list. He currently trails Ortiz by $41,736.

* Hadwin wins at the age of 26 years, 10 months and 5 days. His win is the 15th by a player in his 20s in 23 Web.com Tour events this year.

* Hadwin has now made the cut in 14 of 19 starts this year and has seven top-10 finishes (four of which came outside of the United States:
1 – Chile Classic
1 – Chiquita Classic
T2 – WinCo Foods Portland Open
T3 – El Bosque Mexico Championship
T7 – Nova Scotia Open
T8 – Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship
T8 – Cleveland Open

* Hadwin’s seven top-10 finishes in 19 starts this year is more than he had in 46 combined starts in 2012-2013 (6 total).

* Hadwin’s win is the third by a Canadian on Tour this year – Roger Sloan won the Nova Scotia Open back in July.

* Hadwin increases the total number of Tour wins by Canadian-born players to 21 and he became the fifth Canadian-born player to win multiple times on Tour:

Canada (21)

Jerry Anderson, Chris Baryla, Ahmad Bateman, Bryan DeCorso, Adam Hadwin (2), David Hearn, Glen Hnatiuk (4), Ian Leggatt, Jon Mills (2), David Morland IV (2), Jim Rutledge, Roger Sloan, Rick Todd (2), Richard Zokol

* Hadwin spent a couple seasons on PGA TOUR Canada and was a two-time winner in his 22 career starts. His first win came at the 2010 Desert Dunes Classic and his second at the 2011 Pacific Colombia Tour Championship.

“It’s huge. I’ve been saying for a few years that the golf in Canada is good, just give it time and let it mature,” he said. “Let some guys get the experience that they need in the professional ranks and play their way up there. It’s great to see because there are so few of us and we cheer for each other. It’s a great brotherhood to be a part of.”

* Hadwin became only the fifth first-round leader to win on Tour this year (23 events). He joined Jon Curran/Brasil Champions, Andrew Putnam/WNB Golf Classic, Andres Gonzales/Utah Championship and Cameron Percy/News Sentinel Open as first-round leaders who went on to victory.

* John Peterson’s runner-up finish gives him two top-12 finishes in this year’s Finals. He was T12 at last week’s Hotel Fitness Championship.

* Tom Hoge’s third-place effort this week will be enough to put him on the PGA TOUR next season. Hoge’s solo third is his best of the year (T6 Midwest Classic). Hoge has made only one career start on TOUR – a missed cut at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

* Though only two of the four Finals events are completed, it appears several players have locked up their 2014-15 PGA TOUR cards by virtue of their finishes the first two weeks. Last year, John Peterson was the overall winner in the Finals Priority Ranking with $230,000 and Bobby Gates earned the last of the 25 available cards with $33,650. Here are the top money winners in the Finals after two events who appear to be in good shape to earn PGA TOUR cards for the upcoming year. Martin Piller currently holds down the final spot among the available cards:

Player
Hotel Fitness Champ. Chiquita Classic Total $$
1
Bud Cauley
1- $180,000 m/c $180,000
2
Colt Knost
2 — $108,000 T8 — $30,000 $138,000
3
John Peterson
T12 — $19,600 2 — $108,000 $127,600
4
Greg Owen
3 — $68,000 T41 — $3,800 $71,800
5
Tom Hoge
T53 — $2,700 3 — $68,000 $70,700
6
Sam Saunders
T4 — $41,333 T16 — $13,133 $54,466
7
David Lingmerth
T4 — $41,333 T27 — $6,535 $47,868
8
Scott Pinckney
T25 — $7,298 T4 — $39,375 $46,673
9
Tom Gillis
T4 — $41,333 T38 — $4,616 $45,949
25
Martin Piller
T12 — $19,600 T63 — $2,510 $22,110

* Third-round leader Greg Chalmers stumbled on the front nine with a double bogey at No. 5 and a bogey at No. 6 and fell out of contention. The 40-year old Australian lefty played even-par the rest of the day (3 birdies, 3 bogeys) and finished with a 3-over 75. He wound up at 12-under 274 and T8 ($30,000)

* Greg Chalmers (T8) has been on the PGA TOUR for 13 years (1999-2014) and has made 215 cuts in 362 career starts. This year he made 16 cuts in 27 starts but his only top-10 was a T10 at The McGladrey Classic. He finished the regular season No. 132 on the FedExCup points list.

* Chalmers’ best career finishes on TOUR are a pair of T2 efforts – 2000 Kemper Insurance Open, 2009 Buick Open.

* Chalmers spent three full seasons on the Web.com Tour (2005, 2007-08). He won twice, both in playoffs – 2005 Albertsons Boise Open, 2008 Henrico County Open. This is his 84th career start on Tour.

* Scott Pinckney’s T4 finish this week is a career-best and tops his T5 effort at the WinCo Foods Portland Open two weeks ago.

* Carlos Sainz, Jr. had a hole-in-one at the par-3, 4th hole. Sainz used an 8-iron. The ace was part of an early blitz by Sainz who also had four birdies and was 6-under par through his first six holes. Unfortunately he couldn’t maintain the pace and played the final 12 holes in 6-over par to finish with a round of 72.

* Kris Blanks had five birdies in a row (Nos. 3-7).

* Bogey-free rounds this week:

R1       63 – Adam Hadwin; 65 – John Peterson; 69 – Henrik Norlander;       71—Chad Collins
R2       63 – Tom Hoge; 65 – Greg Chalmers; 66 – Derek Fathauer, Sam Saunders; 68 – Tyrone van Aswegen
R3       64 – Heath Slocum; 67 – Peter Tomasulo, Will Wilcox; 68 – Ryan Blaum, Johnson Wagner, James Nitties;
69 – Aron Price, Tom Hoge
R4       66 – Oscar Fraustro; 67 – Eric Axley; 68 – Tom Hoge

* Scoring Averages for the week:

        Front (36)  Back (36)  Total (72)
R1
   35.307        36.102       71.409
R2   35.183        36.125       71.308
R3   34.855        35.895       70.750
R4   35.829        36.566       72.395
TOT. 35.283      36.158       71.441

* NEXT WEEK: The Web.com Tour moves to Columbus, Ohio for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course Sept. 8-14. Last year, Korea’s Seung-Yul Noh put on a dominating performance and distanced the field by five shots. Noh grabbed a two-shot lead after 36 holes and led by three after 54. His final-round 69 put him at 12-under par and well in front of runner-up Edward Loar, who carded a 65 in Sunday’s finale.

Source: PGA Tour

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