With 24 birdies, one eagle and four rounds in the 60s, Titleist Brand Ambassador Chesson Hadley was in top form last year as he charged up the leaderboard and captured his first career PGA Tour title at the 2014 Puerto Rico Open at Trump International Golf Club.
As Hadley looks to defend his title this week, let’s revisit a couple of his keys to success from 2014.
Key #1: Getting off to a fast start… Hadley was a combined 12-under-par on the front 9 for the week. With a lot of birdies being made out on the course, it was critical to keep pace with the field and remain near the top of the leaderboard.
Key #2: Bringing a solid short game… Last year, Hadley also credited a fantastic short game, and in particular one shot, for his ability to take home top honors. Faced with a challenging short-sided chip shot to a tucked pin on the Par-5 5th hole, Hadley pulled his 60 degree Vokey Design wedge and sent his Pro V1x confidently into the hole for an eagle.
Key #3: Finishing strong… Hadley also finished strong down the stretch closing with back-to-back birdies on the final two holes at Trump International GC to win by two shots.
The victory set up a successful 2014 campaign for Hadley, one that ended with him being named 2014 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. It was certainly a year to remember.