Final man in FedEx Cup, Hadley appears like winner


JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A final-round 62 highlighted by his first-ever hole-in-one, in the long run, was not sufficient to win him the Wyndham Championship on Sunday. However Chesson Hadley walked away feeling each bit nearly as good as champ Kevin Kisner, whereas placing a concentrate on those that grind for a dwelling in golf.

Hadley, 34, has a single PGA Tour win in 2014 and was not in place to win the PGA Tour’s regular-season final match. However he knew he wanted a very good end to advance to the FedEx Cup playoffs that start Thursday on the Northern Belief.

Extra so, that good end was wanted to maintain his exempt standing for 2021-22 on the PGA Tour.

By tying for fifteenth, Hadley earned sufficient FedEx Cup factors to seize the a hundred and twenty fifth and last spot within the Northern Belief area at Liberty Nationwide, thus avoiding a visit to the Korn Ferry Tour finals, the place he would have wanted a very good stretch of occasions to regain PGA Tour standing. The primary occasion is that this week in Boise, Idaho.

“All that was weighing on my thoughts,” Hadley stated Wednesday at Liberty Nationwide. “It was both leaping on a airplane to go to Boise or soar on a airplane to come back right here and attempt to possibly make my strategy to Atlanta [for the Tour Championship].

“It has been such a form of up-and-down yr, simply with having the actually nice alternative to win at Congaree [the Palmetto Championship] and letting that slip away to only not likely getting something out of it and simply form of considering — like this significantly cannot be like — I significantly cannot be lacking the highest 125 after Congaree, after which Sunday occurs, and all of it made sense truthfully. It simply all got here collectively.

“I felt like I beat Kevin [Kisner], truthfully. I felt like I gained the golf match.”

The ace he made on the sixteenth gap — his seventh of the spherical — elicited a wild celebration that would not be totally realized till he realized he had earned the final spot. And that solely occurred after Justin Rose three-putted the ultimate inexperienced to drop into the 126th place. (Rose gained the FedEx Cup title in 2018.)

Afterward, Hadley did an emotional interview with CBS and on Wednesday was nonetheless attempting to elucidate why it meant a lot.

“It is onerous,” he stated. “We’re on the street quite a bit. I do not sleep in my very own mattress. I do not see my household essentially as a lot as I need. That is a side of this sport that individuals do not perceive.

“I am not on a non-public jet. I do not get on a jet and fly to the following location. I haven’t got that luxurious. I definitely have the potential to unlock that, however I am clearly battling to complete 125 this yr, and I can not afford to try this. That is onerous, and it is a grind. I do adore it. You guys noticed in my interview that I like what I do, and there are definitely numerous elements of it that I like, however there are elements of it that aren’t nice truthfully. It isn’t that a lot enjoyable, and it is a problem.”

By qualifying for the FedEx Cup playoffs, Hadley assured himself a minimal of $101,000 in bonus cash — roughly $30,000 greater than he would have made for ending 126th. He additionally has the possibility to maneuver up within the standings, even when he would not qualify for the BMW Championship subsequent week, which requires he transfer into the highest 70 in factors. He’ll want at the very least a top-10 end on the Northern Belief to realize that objective.

“I am taking part in with home cash,” he stated. “I am on credit score on the on line casino, and I can simply form of let it go. I believe I have to set a brand new objective to — I in all probability want to determine precisely what I would like to complete to get inside the highest 70, so I have to set a brand new objective, work out form of the place I would like to complete, and simply form of take a look at the leaderboards and form of get motivated and work out a strategy to get to that quantity and clearly attempt to win the golf match.

“However you may’t win the golf match till Sunday. Let’s simply put ourselves in place and see what occurs.”

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