NORTON, Mass. – Despite a victory five months ago, Chesson Hadley admits that 2014 has been a struggle.
The PGA Tour rookie captured his maiden win at the Puerto Rico Open in March, but since then he has been mired in a summer-long slump. Hadley has missed 16 of 27 cuts this season, including 10 of his last 12, and came to the Deutsche Bank Championship on the heels of a final-round 78 at The Barclays.
Things can turn around in a hurry, though, and Hadley’s name is once again on a leaderboard after he opened with a 5-under 66 at TPC Boston.
“The last couple weeks, we started to do some good things again. Even though I haven’t necessarily seen the results, I feel like it’s been there,” he said. “Today, I feel like it all kind of clicked.”
Hadley is the only rookie still remaining in the playoffs, and each year of the FedEx Cup format has seen exactly one rookie make it to the season-ending Tour Championship. Having played at Georgia Tech, Hadley hopes to continue that streak, although at No. 84 in points he still faces an uphill battle simply to make it to next week’s BMW Championship.
“I would love to make it to Atlanta. That’s the goal,” he said. “That was my home course in college, so I know that course really, really well. I’ve got my work cut out for me, but I can do it.”