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Relaxed after intense yr, Canada’s Adam Hadwin eyes breakout efficiency at Masters

With a whirlwind yr behind him, Adam Hadwin feels higher positioned to take a second shot on the Masters.

The 30-year-old from Abbotsford, B.C., made his first look at Augsta Nationwide final yr recent off his first PGA Tour victory in early March — and simply earlier than a flurry of occasions in his private life that included his marriage ceremony.

He ended up ending tied for 36th, however he believes a extra low-key schedule upfront of this week’s match will assist him to place in a much bigger efficiency.

“The yr has flown by,” he stated over the telephone previous to travelling to Augusta, Ga. “Issues have settled down since final March. We’re taking it a bit simpler with not as many issues happening off the golf course. Issues are simpler to manage and deal with, however life’s good.”

Adam Hadwin competes on the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play in Austin, Texas, on March 22. Richard Heathcote / Getty Pictures

Thanks to 3 top-10 finishes, Hadwin has already earned greater than US$1.1 million this season. His finest outcome was a tie for third on the CareerBuilder Problem in January. Hadwin additionally completed within the high 30 of the FedEx Cup standings final season.

Though Hadwin didn’t fly to Georgia for a follow spherical earlier than this week, he stated he’s enjoying higher total than on the similar level final yr, which ought to assist at Augusta Nationwide, the place golfers have to have all sides of their sport in high kind.

“It is advisable to hit some good pictures, you have to rise up and down and also you in all probability have to make some powerful five- or 10-foot putts to maintain rounds going,” he stated. “It’s undoubtedly a plus moving into (to the Masters) enjoying just a little higher.”

A yr in the past, he acknowledged he was struggling along with his iron sport, however he has tightened that up this yr.

“Constant ball-striking has taken the strain off another areas in my sport,” he stated. “It’s allowed me to remain affected person and if I don’t make a couple of putts right here and there, I’ll simply preserve hitting it properly and giving myself probabilities.”

Mike Weir, who’s celebrating the 15th anniversary of his 2003 Masters victory this yr, makes up the opposite half of this week’s Canadian contingent.

Hadwin stated he and Weir will play an 18-hole follow spherical collectively and can be paired within the Par-Three Contest. The 30-year-old plans to lean on his veteran compatriot for experience across the Augusta Nationwide greens, that are infamous for being among the most tough on Tour.

Weir, from Shiny’s Grove, Ont., was an assistant captain ultimately September’s Presidents Cup, the place Hadwin was a member of the Worldwide workforce. Weir advised The Canadian Press in January that he was impressed with Hadwin’s consideration to element, work ethic and “interior fireplace.”

“He needs to be nice,” stated Weir on the time.

Finally, Hadwin is wanting ahead to persevering with his run of excellent play and to observe in Weir’s footsteps by turning into the second Canadian to win an elusive inexperienced jacket.

“(My) sport is in a very great place proper now,” he stated. “I really feel like I’m a greater participant this yr than final yr, and definitely there are not any private distractions this yr heading in. I’ll be extra rested and able to play.”

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