After record-tying start, Hadley settles for 63


It’s not often a player will shoot 63 and wonder what could have been.

Such was the case Sunday for Chesson Hadley, however.

The former Georgia Tech product equaled a Tour record by going out in 8-under 27 at the BMW Charity Pro-Am. He needed to play the par-36 back nine at Thornblade Club in 4 under to shoot 59, but instead cooled off with five consecutive pars. He carded a birdie on the par-5 15th and then closed with bogey for 63, finishing at 21-under 265, six shots behind winner Mark Anderson.

Hadley became the third player to shoot 27 for nine holes, joining Notah Begay III and Doug Dunakey, both of whom accomplished the feat in 1998 and went on to shoot 59. Jason Gore (2005) is the only other player to shoot golf’s magic number on the developmental circuit.

Despite the disappointing finish, the T-3 was a much-needed boost for Hadley, 25, who had pocketed only $15,234 in seven starts this season after earning his card via Q-School. Prior to this week, his best finish was a T-28 at the season-opening Panama Claro Championship.