Hadwin up for Web.com Tour Player of the Year honours

The 2014 Web.com Tour Player of the Year candidates have been announced and cracking the list of possible winners is Canada’s Adam Hadwin.

The Abbotsford, B.C., native put together his most complete Web.com Tour season in 2014, finishing No. 1 on the combined Regular Season and Finals money list to secure fully exempt status for the 2014-15 PGA Tour and a spot in The Players Championship in 2015.

Hadwin’s season included 10 top-25 finishes in 21 starts, including two victories: the Chile Classic in early March, and the Chiquita Classic in September, the second leg of the Finals.

Hadwin finished No. 66 on the Web.com Tour money list in 2013, and he improved with a flourish in 2014: he finished fourth on the Regular Season money list and then overtook Carlos Ortiz for the combined top spot with three top-10 finishes in the Finals.

The former University of Louisville player finished No. 8 in all-around ranking this season – seventh in total driving, 14th in sand save percentage, 23rd in putting average. Hadwin has played 11 Tour events in his career, including the past five RBC Canadian Opens (highlighted by a tie for 4th at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open in Vancouver).

“After the year I had last year, my goal was honestly just to go out and have some more fun – enjoy golf again, hit some golf shots and just get myself into contention,” Hadwin said after the final round of the Web.com Tour Championship, where he passed Ortiz on the combined money list with a tie for 7th finish.

Also on the ballot are – Americans Derek Fathauer, Andrew Putnam, Justin Thomas and Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz.

The winner will be announced during the week of the Frys.com Open (October 6-12).