Sport a great leveller! Chesson Hadley can vouch for it

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Chesson Hadley made the FedEx Cup Playoffs courtesy a career-low nine-hole score at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday. Photo: Golfweek.usatoday.com
Chesson Hadley made the FedEx Cup Playoffs courtesy a career-low nine-hole score at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday. Photo: Golfweek.usatoday.com

Chesson Hadley last won on the PGA Tour in 2014 at the Puerto Rico Open, and though he won a couple of times on the Korn Ferry Tour, the feeder tour, in 2017, the last two seasons have not been easy on the lanky athlete.

From a world ranking of 65 in 2018, Hadley slipped out of top-100 and settled at 168 in 2019 and fell further to 252 at the end of 2020. This gives us an insight into the struggles the lanky golfer has had to endure on Tour.

 

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Going into the Wydham Championship, the last event of the Regular Season, Hadley was yet to seal a spot in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, entering at No. 132 in the FedExCup standings.’

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But as the saying goes, fortune favours the brave, Hadley recorded a career-low nine-hole score with a 29 on his first nine (started on No. 10) on Sunday at the Sedgefield Country Club. It included the first hole-in-one of his career (No. 16, 160 yards, 9-iron) which facilitated the T15 finish and making it as the last man at No 125 to feature in this week’s Northern Trust Open, the first event of the Playoffs.

With the hole-in-one, 1 million Wyndham Rewards points went to charity and Hadley received 1 million Wyndham Rewards points.

 

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Emotions were high as Hadley explained what he had had to endure and what the stretch of sublime form meant.

From low to high, sport can be a great leveller and nowhere does it find better expression than Hadley’s roller-coaster ride on Sunday.

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