Hadley wins Web.com Tour Championship|
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (Sports Network) - Chesson Hadley posted a 1-under 69 on
Sunday and won the Web.com Tour Championships by two strokes.
Hadley, who won for the second time this season on the Web.com Tour, finished
at 10-under-par 270. He finished second on the Web.com Finals Series money
list, but still earned his PGA Tour card for the 2013-14 season.
"This is incredible. I have no idea ... it was just black-out golf all out
there today. I was just trying not puke on myself on the way in," Hadley
admitted. "I'm so thrilled. This course is brutal, I'm just glad I conquered
John Peterson closed with a 67 to gain a share of second place at minus-8.
Peterson finished inside the top 10 at all four Finals Series events and
finished atop that money list.
"At the end of the day, he played the best out of everybody in the four
tournaments. Shoot, he's played the best golf the past five or six
tournaments," Hadley said of Peterson. "Congrats to John Peterson. I'm happy
for him, that's great."
Peterson and Michael Putnam, who finished atop the regular season money list,
have fully exempt status for next season on the PGA Tour and will be invited
to the Players Championship.
Brad Fritsch (66), Scott Gardiner (72) and Brendon Todd (65) shared second
place with Peterson at minus-8.
Russell Knox and Andrew Loupe both closed with 1-under 69s to share sixth
place at 7-under 273 on the Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.
Lee Williams poured in a birdie effort from outside 50 feet on the 18th green
for a round of 69. That gave him a share of eighth at minus-6, and enough
money to earn his PGA Tour card for 2013-14.
"My caddie told me after I hit my second shot that 6-under gets in. So I knew
I needed to make that putt on 18," Williams stated. "I was just trying to
simplify the putt, because it was not an easy putt. I just wanted to make sure
it got to the hole so I gave myself a chance."
Earlier Sunday, there was a weather delay that forced officials to change the
groupings to threesomes off the first and 10th tees. That put Hadley in a
group with third-round leader Gardiner and Joe Durant.
Hadley got off to a fast start with birdies on the first, third and fifth.
That spurt moved him to 12-under, where he was three clear of Knox, Gardiner
After four pars in a row, Hadley stumbled to a bogey on the 10th and that
trimmed his lead to two over Fritsch and Knox. Hadley traded a birdie for a
bogey from the 12th.
Hadley stumbled to another bogey at the 15th, but still led by two over six
Gardiner, who played the front nine in 3-over par with a bogey, two birdies
and two double-bogeys, rolled in a 5-footer for eagle on the par-5 16th to
briefly move within one of Hadley's lead.
Hadley birdied the same hole from three feet to push his margin back to two.
Both players stumbled to bogeys at the 17th. Hadley, who lost the third-round
lead with a double-bogey on the 18th on Saturday, closed with a par to seal
NOTES: Hadley earned $180,000 for the victory ... Fourteen of the 25 players
that earned their PGA Tour cards for 2013-14 through the Finals Series were
PGA Tour players, who were able to keep their tour cards. The other 11 were
Web.com players that move on to PGA Tour next season ... Among the 50 players
that got their cards for next year were Trevor Immelman, Will Mackenzie, Ryo
Ishikawa, Sean O'Hair, Knox, Chad Collins, Durant, Ricky Barnes and Daniel
09/29 20:01:01 ET