ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Chesson Hadley didn’t sound like a guy who hoisted the 2013-14 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award and began the new season with his face emblazoned across the front of the circuit’s media guide.
He didn’t even sound like a guy who carded a 4-under 66 on Thursday at the McGladrey Classic, one off the early lead.
“You know, I feel like I've been struggling for so long, to have a round like today when it was really cold and it was windy the first couple of holes is always nice,” said Hadley, who missed the cut last week in Las Vegas and tied for 57th at his season debut.
Although he beat out the likes of Brooks Koepka and Victor Dubuisson for the rookie award it was largely based on his maiden victory at the Puerto Rico Open and he felt there was plenty of room for improvement.
Following his victory in Puerto Rico Hadley posted just one more top-10 finish and he missed more cuts (16) than he made (13) last season.
“It is really hard to stay optimistic and positive when you know how well you can play, and then you can't perform the way you want to perform,” he said. “It's important to believe that it's in there.”