Hadley reflects on hometown win
Posted June 24, 2013
In dramatic fashion, Chesson Hadley captured the first win of his Web.com 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.”
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 Web.com 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.”