Presidents Cup Provides Bonding Experience For Hadwin, Weir


The first time Adam Hadwin met Mike Weir was not at a junior clinic or Canadian amateur event — when an up-and-coming star would usually connect with a country’s legend — but while they were sitting out a fog delay.

It was 2013 at the Farmers Insurance Open and Hadwin had Monday-qualified. It was just the eighth PGA TOUR start of his fledgling pro career, and the first of three that season. By shooting 66-74 in the first two rounds at Torrey Pines, he was one shot ahead of Weir. Both made the cut but were well off the lead, as they were in the first two groups on Saturday.

Due to the weather, the pair of Canadians had to keep retreating off the course. It was the perfect opportunity for them to finally meet and chat.

Hadwin, from Abbotsford, British Columbia, and Weir, from Brights Grove, Ontario, had never crossed paths before then. Hadwin knew of Weir of course, and respected what Weir had done for golf in Canada and the state of the game after his three wins in 2003, including the Masters.

“He was playing some good golf for such a long time,” Hadwin said, “but I didn’t really know anything about him.”

Being from different sides of the country — Abbotsford is roughly 2,500 miles from Brights Grove — and with Weir and Hadwin’s schedules being totally opposite at that time, there wasn’t much of an opportunity to become friendly.

But after Hadwin himself qualified for the Masters in 2017 and made the International Presidents Cup team, a connection was made.

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