The CareerBuilder Challenge is over and unfortunately Adam Hadwin came up 1 stroke short for his first win on the PGA Tour. As a Canadian, I was rooting for my country man to pull out all the stops and capitalize on his 59 during the third round. Although I could only follow his progress during periodic updates, my friend Rick and his brother-in-law Steve watched the entire round.
Rick graciously sent me some pictures and a few updates throughout the day and I am grateful he shared his experience with me. As Rick entered the venue, he found out that veterans and serving members of the military (Canadian or US) were given free entry and a special viewing area with food and drinks. Rick said this was special surprise and took advantage of Californian hospitality. After enjoying some refreshments, Rick and Steve followed Adam Hadwin to the first tee.
At the first tee, Adam Hadwin to the time to talk to all the Canadians there supporting his quest for his first win on Tour. Personally, I think this was a very classy move that he took some time out of his mental preparation to talk to the fans. I am sure Rick appreciated talking to a fellow Canadian just before he walked the South Course watching all the great golf. As Rick walked the course, he said he was “troubled by some Irish guy” who kept talking during the play. He seemed to know what he was talking about, but he always around making noise.
I am sure at first Rick thought this guy was following him, but apparently he some job to do. Can you help us figure out who he is?
As Rick walked around the course, he was impressed by the hospitality afforded all the serving and retired members of the armed forces.
After following many of the professionals, Rick and Steve headed back to the Veteran’s tent that overlooked the 18th green. He wanted to watch the final players come in and see who the eventual winner would be. As he was watching the pros play some amazing shots, he snapped a picture of Phil Mickelson putting at the
end of his round. I wish I was there to watch Mickelson play and I am grateful Rick sent me a picture of my favorite player.
Although Adam Hadwin did not win, it was exciting to have a Canadian at the top of leaderboard.
I want to pass on my congratulations to Hudson Swafford. It was his first win on tour and winning at the Stadium Course at La Quinta, California, will forever be his most memorable. His 5 under was a great way to surge forward for the win.
Thanks to Rick for the updates and pictures of the CareerBuilder Challenge. It definitely helps pass the time as I wait for our season to start.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!