Canada’s Hadwin leads Tour’s Chile Classic

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Adam Hadwin (via YouTube)

SANTIAGO, Chile – Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C. fired a 5-under 67 and sits on top a tightly-packed leaderboard at the Chile Classic, the second stop on the 2014 Tour schedule.

Hadwin was steady as he moved into the 54-hole lead with a 13-under 203 total, one better than Columbia’s Manuel Villegas (64), Scott Pinckney (67) and Kyle Reifers (68).

Australian Alistair Presnell (65) and South Africa’s Garth Mulroy (70) share fifth place, two shots back of Hadwin.

Eight others, including 36-hole leader Byron Smith (75) are three off the pace heading into Sunday’s finale.

For Hadwin, a non-winner in his first two full seasons on the Tour, this week has been about keeping things simple at the Prince of Wales Country Club.

“Some might say I’m a little conservative off the tee than others. I’ve hit a lot of 4-irons off the tees,” he said. “I’m coming into greens with 8-irons or 9-irons instead of challenging it. I haven’t been in too much trouble this week and I feel like I’m starting to play smart golf and play to my strengths.”

Hadwin chalked up six birdies to offset a single bogey and slowly moved into contention as the second-round leaders all struggled to pull away from the field. Only three of the final ten players on the course Saturday managed to break par and the final pairing of Smith and Argentina’s Jorge Fernandez-Valdes both stumbled to over-par scores and dropped in the standings.

Here’s Hadwin’s interview following action on Saturday.

Roger Sloan of Calgary is tied for 25th at 209 (-7). Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C. and Albin Choi of Toronto are tied for 50th at 212 (-4).

Here’s the full 3rd round video recap.