Made a real name for himself at the 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge by becoming the eighth player in PGA Tour history to break 60.
Just a week after Justin Thomas achieved the feat in the Sony Open Hadwin, who stood 196th in the world at the time, had an incredible 13 birdies in his third round 59. “I was shaking – I really was,” he said after making his closing three-foot par putt. Finished second in the event and two months later won his first title on the circuit in the Valspar Championship.
It was in his home RBC Canadian Open on June 9 that he earned his third Open Championship start. Three places at Royal Portrush were on offer as part of The Open Qualifying Series and although he finished sixth all five players ahead of him - led by runaway winner Rory McIlroy - were already exempt.
He attended the University of Louisville on a scholarship and won four events in Canada in his rookie professional season. Stepping up to the Web.com Tour led to two victories there in 2014 and he topped the money list to secure promotion to the PGA Tour.