Adam Hadwin of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan won his first career Presidents Cup match on Wednesday from the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia. Hadwin teamed up with Sung-jae Im of South Korea to beat the American duo of Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele 1-up.
It was a great day for the International Team. They have a 4-1 lead after the first day of competition, which was four ball.
In the four ball play, Hadwin played the front nine at one over par. He birdied the fourth hole and bogeyed the seventh and ninth holes. Luckily on the ninth hole, Im was the only golfer of the four to par the hole, which allowed the International Team to tie the match.
On the back nine, Hadwin birdied the 15th and 16th holes. The birdie on the 16th hole was key as it was the match winning putt, and gave the International Team a 1-up lead, and a lead they would not relinquish.
Hadwin becomes the third Canadian to win a match at the Presidents Cup. He follows Mike Weir of Sarnia, Ontario and Graeme DeLaet of Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Weir won 13 matches in five Presidents Cups for the International Team from 2000 to 2009. Then in 2013, DeLaet teamed up with Jason Day of Australia to win two four ball matches and then beat Jordan Spieth in singles play.