Hadley reflects on hometown win

Posted June 24, 2013

In dramatic fashion, Chesson Hadley captured the first win of his Tour career at the 2013 Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield Plantation Sunday. Playing in front of friends and family in his hometown of Raleigh, Hadley started the final day trailing Danny Lee by five strokes, but rallied to finish the day with a two-stroke victory at 19-under par.

“I could not believe it, you know, to come back and win from five shots down,” Hadley said. “You don’t hear about that much.”

Hadley, who was born in Rex Hospital, the tournament’s title sponsor, recalled teeing off Thursday at 7:10 a.m. with 60-70 fans cheering him on.

“I had the best following this week of any tournament I’ve ever been in,” said Hadley. “You couldn’t have drawn it up better to win in your back yard.”

Raleigh's Hadley wins Rex Hospital Open Fialko: Friends, family share in Hadley's hometown win

Hadley started the fourth round of play with a bogey, but kept his composure throughout the day to finish with a seven-under-par round. His comeback started in earnest after a 30-foot putt for eagle on the ninth hole. He took that momentum and added five birdies on the back nine.

“I wasn’t thinking about winning. I was more concerned about putting together a good, solid round,” Hadley said while joining Mark and Mike on The World’s Strongest Morning Show on 620 the Buzz Monday. “I can’t tell you how much it meant to win in my hometown. It’s been something that I been dreaming my whole life.”

Hadley has placed in the top-six in four of the last five events. Sunday’s win secured a spot for Hadley on the PGA Tour starting next year.

“It’s surreal and it’s probably not going to sink in until we actually, start traveling a little bit next year to Hawaii and to some of those unbelievable places,” Hadley said.

The next Tour event begins Thursday - the United Leasing Championship at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, In.

“It seriously was a dream come true,” said Hadley. “The best accomplishment of my golf career hands down.”


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  • VT1994Hokie Jun 25, 2013

    Actually. From a real golfer that plays, follows the game, and has taught a few youngsters, I appreciate those that have played and have encouraged others. To write a comment doesn't impress me, especially after reading that one doesn't keep up with this game. I wish the young golfer all of the best. Super interiew with his wife on WRAL. Hadley has his priorities in tact.

  • VT1994Hokie Jun 25, 2013

    ^^^^ I didn't know all of this until the story on WRAL. Great young golfer with a bright future. I didn't know you liked the game. I liked this story too.

  • StunGunn Jun 24, 2013

    Great story! Hadley seems like a humble man. He was born at Rex, his baby will be born at Rex, and he wins the Rex Tourney. Golf Karma.

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