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Adam Hadwin wins Web.com Tour Finals event

September 8, 2014

DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) — Adam Hadwin won the Chiquita Classic on Sunday to jump from fourth to second on the Web.com Tour money list after the second of four events in the Web.com Tour Finals.

The 26-year-old Canadian, the Chile Classic winner in March, closed with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over John Peterson. Hadwin finished at 18-under 270 at River Run.

“I was nervous the whole day,” Hadwin said. “I just trusted my golf swing, trusted the shots that I saw and stayed aggressive.”

The former Louisville player earned $180,000 to push his season total to $473,667. He wrapped a PGA Tour card with his fourth-place finish on the regular-season money list and is competing with the other top-25 players for PGA Tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals and the final leader getting a spot in The Players Championship.

“It’s huge,” Hadwin said. “To get fully exempt for the year and to obviously be in The Players is an added bonus.”

Carlos Ortiz leads the money list with $515,403, and is already fully exempt on the PGA Tour after winning three times during the regular season. He took the week off after missing the cut in the Finals opener.

Nos. 126-200 in the FedEx Cup standings and Nos. 26-75 from the Web.com Tour’s regular-season money list are playing for 25 PGA Tour cards based on their earnings in the four tournaments.

In the event a player from the top 25 on the Web.com regular-season list leads the Finals but not the combined Web.com list, he would be able to improve his position and get the benefits of the No. 1 Finals position.

Peterson shot a 68. He earned $108,000 and has made $127,600 in the first two Web.com Tour Finals events, more than enough to regain his PGA Tour card after finishing 179th in the FedEx Cup standings.

“Everyone was counting me out,” Peterson said. “I’m just glad to be back out there next year.”

He’s third on the money list for players from the FexEx Cup standings and outside the top 25 on Web.com regular-season list. Bud Cauley, the winner last week in Indiana, tops the list with $180,000, and Colt Knost is second at $138,000.

Third-round leader Greg Chalmer had a 75 to drop into a tie for eighth at 12 under. The 40-year-old Australian was finished 132nd in the FedEx Cup standings.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is next week in Columbus, Ohio, followed by the Web.com Tour Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

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