Wedding trumps Match Play berth for Hadwin


PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Adam Hadwin could qualify for the WGC-Match Play with either a win or a runner-up finish Sunday at the Valspar Championship.

But it won’t matter. He won’t be in Austin.

Hadwin, a 29-year-old Canadian, is getting married March 24 – during the third day of the Match Play.

“The wedding will happen,” he said with a laugh.

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Hadwin and his fiancée, Jessica, are supposed to begin their honeymoon to French Polynesia two days later, but that could be rescheduled.

If he converts this four-shot lead into his first PGA Tour victory – and qualifies for his first Masters – then he’ll need that time to prepare for Augusta.

Hadwin met his future wife two and a half years ago, during the stop in Wichita, Kan. He said he hasn’t added much to the wedding planning.

“She’s telling me where to be and what to wear,” he said, “and I’ll show up on time.”