Adam Hadwin will get a head start on his 2013 golf season after finishing tied for first in the PGA Tour Monday qualifying event this week.
Hadwin carded 11 birdies, including seven in a row at one point, at the El Camino Country Club to post an 8-under 64 which earned him one of four spots in this week's Tour event at Torrey Pines.
"It's huge," Hadwin tells the Vancouver Sun. "With all the big names teeing it up this week it's kind of just a nice little kickstart to my year. I wasn't really expecting to start my season until I went down to Colombia. I went out there, played well and now I get a chance to tee it up with the PGA guys this week."
Hadwin will make it six Canadians in the field this week, joining Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Stephen Ames, Mike Weir and PGA rookie Brad Fritsch.
This will be Hadwin's eighth career PGA Tour start having made the cut in six of seven previous events. His best result was a tie for fourth at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open in Vancouver.
Victoria's Cory Renfrew and Calgary's Ryan Yip both narrowly missed joining Hadwin in the field after shooting 67 - one stroke shy of the cut off.
THIS WEEK IN GOLF
PGA TOUR - FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN
COURSES: Torrey Pines, South Course (7,698 yards, par 72) and North Course (7,045 yards, par 72).
PURSE: $6.1 million. Winner’s share: $1.08 million.
TELEVISION: Golf Channel (Thursday, 3-7 p.m., 7:30-11:30 p.m.; Friday, 12:30-4:30 a.m., 3-7 p.m., 7:30-11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30-4:30 a.m., 1-2:30 a.m., 6:30-11 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30-4 a.m., 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1-2:30 p.m., 8 p.m.-midnight; Monday, 12:30-5:30 a.m.) and CBS (Saturday, 3-6 p.m.; Sunday, 3-6:30 p.m.).
CANADIAN CONTENT: Stephen Ames, Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Brad Fritsch, Adam Hadwin, Mike Weir
NOTES: Tiger Woods is making his first PGA Tour start of the year after missing the cut last week in his season debut in the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi event. He has won the tournament six times and also won the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. ... Phil Mickelson, the 1993, 2000 and 2001 winner, is making his 23rd consecutive appearance in his hometown event. He tied for 37th in La Quinta last week in his first tournament of the year. ... Bubba Watson, the 2011 winner, also is in the field along with FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker, Tournament of Champions winner Dustin Johnson, Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler. ...Snedeker won the first of his two 2012 tour victories, beating Kyle Stanley with a par on the second hole of a playoff.
EUROPEAN TOUR - QATAR MASTERS
COURSE: Doha Golf Club (7,400 yards, par 72).
PURSE: $2.5 million. Winner’s share: $416,660.
TELEVISION: Golf Channel (Wednesday-Thursday, 5-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Friday, 4:30-8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Saturday, 4:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 3-6 p.m.).
NOTES: Louis Oosthuizen, coming off a victory two weeks ago in the Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa, is in the field along with Justin Rose, Ernie Els, Jason Dufner, Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen
ASIAN TOUR - QUALIFYING SCHOOL, FINAL STAGE
COURSE: Springfield Royal Country Club (7,043 yards, par 72) & Imperial Lakeview Golf Club (6,915 yards, par 72), Thailand
CANADIAN CONTENT: Chun Il Jin, Jordan Krantz, Lindsay Renolds, Matt Johnston, Richard T. Lee, Ron Harvey, Jr.
NOTES: The top-40 and ties earn playing privileges for the 2013 Asian Tour season. ...Among the notables in the field are 19-year-old Australian Jake Higginbottom, the first amateur in more than a half century to win the New Zealand Open last year; China’s Hu Mu, who won the under 18-year-old division at the China Junior Golf Open in 2001 when he was just 11 years old; Brunei’s Prince Hakeem Jefri, the eldest son of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, a brother of the Brunei Sultan could become the first Bruneian to graduate to the Asian Tour; India’s Rashid Khan, a member of the silver medal winning team in the 2010 Asian Games; and Han Chang-won of Korea, the 2009 Asian Amateur champion.
EUROPEAN SENIOR TOUR - QUALIFYING SCHOOL, STAGE 1
COURSE: Gramacho Golf Course in Lagoa, Portugal; Silves Golf Course in Silves, Portugal
CANADIAN CONTENT: Mark Forrest, Greg Gates, Phil Jonas, Keir Smith, Dave Wettlaufer, Jean Laforce, Sly Leblanc
NOTES: The Final stage will be contested by 72 players and will take place at Pestana’s Vale da Pinta from January 28 to 31, where the leading six players will receive full cards for the 2012 season, and players finishing in positions seven to 14 receiving conditional cards. ...Canada's Ken Tarling is exempt into the final stage.
ALL AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL GOLF TOUR - EVENT No. 10
COURSE: Southern Dunes Golf Club, Maricopa, AZ
CANADIAN CONTENT: Kent Eger, Eugene Wong, James Love, Tyler Frank (a), Darren Wallace, Thomas Hay, Bryan Scott, Nick Taylor, Dallas Mengel, Jeffrey Graham, Tyler LeBouthillier, Eric Hawerchuck, Steven Shantz, Richard Boychuk
NGA PRO GOLF TOUR - WINTER SERIES
COURSE: Forest Lake Golf Club, Ocoee, FL
CANADIAN CONTENT: Alexis Anghert, Josh Bamburger, Brett Cairns, Max Gilbert, Mathieu Gingras, Matt Hill, Mark Hoffman, Matt Hoffman, Kyle Kirkland, Louis-Alexandre Pitre, Jon Rondeau, Christopher Ross, Sebastian Szirmak, Riley Wheeldon,
NGA PRO GOLF TOUR - CAROLINA WINTER SERIES
COURSE: Meadowlands Golf Club, Calabash, NC
CANADIAN CONTENT: Brad Boyle, Alec Hubert, Brett Nymeyer,
SUNCOAST LADIES SERIES
COURSE: Dubsdread Golf Club, Orlando, FL
CANADIAN CONTENT: Sue Kim, Ellen O'Brien