Aug 15, 2013
Greensboro, N.C. — Chesson Hadley is ready for redemption at the 74th edition of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro as play gets underway Thursday.
At last years’ Wyndham, Hadley failed to make the cut after recording a 68 and 72 in the first two rounds on the par-70 course. The Raleigh native has six top-10 finishes this year and currently ranks 3rd on the Web.com Tour money list, but needed a sponsor’s exemption to join the PGA field this week.
In June, Hadley earned his PGA Tour card for next season in front of his hometown crowd with a two-stroke victory at the Web.com Tour's Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield Plantation.
“It’s been just fantastic especially with a win in Raleigh at Rex,” said Hadley. “I’ve been able to stay hot, which is great. I was so blessed to get an exemption this weekend to the Wyndham.”
Two former ACC and veteran PGA Tour golfers, Davis Love III and Carl Pettersson, will play at this weekend’s Wyndham as past winners of the event. Love won the tournament in 1992 and 2006; Pettersson won in 2008. Hadley, who has been scratching out goals and creating new ones throughout his young career, hopes to have his name included with Love and Pettersson.
“My goal, since I was a kid was to get to the PGA Tour. Now that goal has been achieved, you can kind of adjust,” said Hadley. “I think next year, my goal is to, as a rookie, to keep your card. Let’s play well, just keep my card first and foremost. If I’m lucky enough to get into contention and get a chance to win, that would be phenomenal and I certainly feel I’m good enough to do that. I’m just trying to keep it in perspective.”
As part of his newfound PGA success, the Georgia Tech product is trying to acclimate to the media attention and consecutive days on the road.
“It’s been quite a whirlwind,” Hadley said. “I spent 31 straight days away from Raleigh. I haven’t been home and not sleeping in your own bed was quite a learning experience. Learning how to travel, it’s just been crazy.”
Another adjustment to the game’s highest level is the professional level of courses. Hadley complimented Sedgefield’s management for last year’s addition of new grass.
“These are the best greens I’ve seen in quite a while and that champion premier that they put in last year, it’s awesome,” Hadley said. “It’s a perfect grass and it responds well to the heat we have here in North Carolina.”
Some other locally tied gofers joining Hadley in the field this year are former Campbell players Brad Fritsch and David Mathis; former Wake Forest stand-outs Bill Haas and Webb Simpson; former UNC golfers Love and Mark Wilson; Smithfield native Neal Lancaster and Cary native Ben Kholes.
“I think the field is very good this week,” said Hadley. “I think a lot of players are playing who haven’t in the past. I would like just to play four good rounds in front of the fans and my friends and family. Let the chips fall where they may and if I’m lucky enough, I’ll be there come Sunday.”