Hadwin victorious at Vancouver Open

Adam Hadwin worked overtime to defend his title at the Vancouver Open on the weekend.

Adam Hadwin won the Vancouver Open for the second straight year

Adam Hadwin worked overtime to defend his title at the Vancouver Open on the weekend.

The 23-year-old golfer from Abbotsford began the Vancouver Golf Tour’s showcase event with matching rounds of 65 at McCleery and Langara, opening up a seven-stroke lead over Kamloops pro Brad Clapp.

But Clapp came roaring back during Sunday’s third and final round at Fraserview, shooting a 66 to finish at 11 under par. Hadwin shot 73, and needed a birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

But Hadwin took care of business on the first playoff hole, making birdie on the par-five 18th to edge Clapp and earn $10,000 from the event’s $75,000 purse.

The victory means even more momentum for Hadwin, who has staged a coming-out party in 2011. He’s won just over $300,000 in three PGA Tour starts, including a made cut at the U.S. Open and a fourth-place finish at the RBC Canadian Open at Shaughnessy. He also has a Canadian Tour victory under his belt, and is eighth on that circuit’s order of merit.

Abbotsford was well-represented at the Vancouver Open, beyond Hadwin. Andrew Smeeth was tied for ninth at four under par, while siblings Nick and Josh Taylor finished at three-under and two-under, respectively.

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