Adam Hadwin’s work on his all-around game has resulted in a steady PGA Tour season, but he hopes it pays bigger dividends at a U.S. Open course known to reward versatile golfers.
The native of Abbotsford, B.C., will tee off at his fourth career U.S. Open when the season’s second major commences Thursday at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, a storied and notoriously tricky course.
“I like tradition and tournaments where par means something,” Hadwin told The Canadian Press in a recent interview. “My game suits that pretty well, which should go hand-in-hand with the U.S. Open.
“I’m really of the mindset that it doesn’t matter what the golf course is, I can adapt my game to fit anything.”
Hadwin, Canada’s highest-ranked male golfer, has enjoyed a successful if unspectacular season. He has three top-10 finishes and hasn’t missed a cut so far.
He arrived at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Sunday, a day earlier than usual for a tournament week, to check out the course for the first time.
Shinnecock, established in the 1891, is hosting its fifth U.S. Open. The course on Long Island in New York has implemented larger greens and wider fairways since 2004, the last time it played host.
Jeff Hall, managing director of rules and Open Championships for the United States Golf Association, said the last three U.S. Open champions at Shinnecock — Raymond Floyd (1986), Corey Pavin (1995) and Retief Goosen (2004) — knew how to play the game in a variety of ways.