via WRALSportsFan.com: Raleigh-native Chesson Hadley won the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open Sunday by two strokes over Danny Lee after firing a four-day 21-under.
I hope that you guys had the opportunity to see our episode of Inside the PGA Tour on The Golf Channel Tuesday evening. Amanda, Hughes, and I had the best time filming the show, and everyone has said that they really enjoyed it. I hope that the comedy came through in it because I was definitely trying to be a goof, but I was being serious about when you get in the bunker. Suns out, guns out people. Do it. Boom. If you happened to miss it we will make sure that a link is put on both HadsCorner.com and ChessonHadley.com.
It was so nice last week to make the cut and play well on the weekend. The PGA Tour is so different from the Web.com Tour. I only made 5 birdies on the weekend and moved up, big time. The courses are just so much harder and provide a serious challenge. The course was playing so brutal on Sunday and I did well to shoot 1 under. I really wanted that last putt on 18 to shoot two under, but like I said 1 under 69 was a great score on Sunday. We spent the night in West Palm and flew out the next morning to Puerto Rico.
The flight was only about 2 hours and it was nice to take a day off. We are staying on property as is about everyone playing this week. The accommodations are lovely and the pool is outstanding. It is really close to the ocean and everyone heads to the pool in the afternoon to hang out. Definitely getting a chance to work on the serious farmers tan that I have had my entire life. And yes, I am taking my own advice with the suns out, guns out motto.
Today was such a great round of golf. I have not hit it as well as I did today since Las Vegas. Just took the same mental attitude that I found last week and joined it with the final key to the puzzle with the long game and everything seemed to come together this morning. I am really excited about getting back out there tomorrow. The wind is absolutely brutal down here and should be fun come tomorrow afternoon. Anything under par will be a great round if the wind is blowing as hard as it was on our back nine.
I will give you guys a quick idea as to what I am thinking about mentally and the last little swing thought that I am using to really get things going again. After my first round last week of 3 over, I was ticked out of my mind and was just going to go out there the next day and play like I didn’t care. I didn’t care if I shot 60 or 80 I was going to be the same. Turns out, as I came to remember during the round, that that is exactly how you are supposed to play golf. I added a little intensity to it, and boom I was right back where I needed to be mentally. The last piece of the puzzle came yesterday when Jeff told me (via text) to just focus on staying tall. I was still struggling with hooking the ball and everything started lining up after hitting a few balls with that swing thought. Staying tall helps start the club on the proper path on the downswing. To those of you don’t know much about golf, that is very important. I really got a great feel for it this morning during the warm up session and I was able to take it to the course. I am excited about playing again tomorrow.
We are heading to a little soiree this evening at the hotel and it should shape out to be a lovely little evening. Thanks for keeping up guys.
Hola from Puerto Rico!
We are in the middle of the Caribbean, amidst clear blue water and warm air, staying at a resort called the Gran Melia. Every week we talk about how beautiful the tournament location is and this place is no different. We debated whether to play this week or not, but ultimately we decided to head south. It doesn’t hurt that it’s freezing and wet back home in Raleigh. This is an opposite field event meaning there’s another (bigger) PGA event being played this week as well, the WGC event at Doral. Because of that, the Puerto Rico Open has a smaller purse and smaller FedEx Cup points to be earned. A lot of guys choose to take this week off if they aren’t in the WGC event but Chesson wanted to play.
He’s really been trying to find his form and despite some good finishes, T-24 last week at the Honda!, he still doesn’t quite feel like he’s where he wants to be. He’s hoping one of these weeks everything will just click and plans to play as much as he can until it does.
The event last week in Palm Beach Gardens started off pretty horribly. Chesson didn’t play THAT bad, but he shot +3 and was towards the bottom of the leaderboard. After having several missed cuts already this year, he was super discouraged Thursday night. Missing cuts is zero fun and it looked like we were on track for another one. It was one of those nights where I just hugged him, listened, and told him I loved him. Friday he came ready to take revenge on the course and shot 66! We were thrilled to be making a check and playing the weekend. The Champion Course is a tough track and Chesson shot 69-69 on the weekend en route to a top 25 finish. All in all, it was one of my favorite events of the year so far.
Sunday night was spent relaxing over dinner at Old Palm (awesome golf community!!) and doing our massive amount of laundry at a friend’s house nearby. Both of my men wear at least 2 different outfits per day. Monday morning we packed everything up, Momma loaded up on Starbucks, and we jumped on a direct flight from West Palm to San Juan. Hughes was a champ during the flight like always and we got settled in for the week without any complications.
Donald Trump recently bought this course and although I can’t speak much about the golf itself, the clubhouse, amenities and food are top notch. Hughes and I spent some time at the pool yesterday with some of the other wives out here and he was quite the little center of attention. He stared at the boobs of every girl that held him, although his motives were much more pure than most men
This is an easier course than the past few ones we’ve played, so there are plenty of birdies to be had. Praying Chesson will have a share of them and it will be a great week on and off the course. Catch you from Tampa next week!
Chesson and Amanda’s episode of of “Inside the PGA Tour” will air tonight at 630p.m. ET!
Be sure to tune into Golf Channel to see it.
It was so nice last week to be at home and enjoy everything that Raleigh has to offer. Fortunately, the weather was superb last week and I was able to get some practice in before heading down to West Palm Beach. I got out of Raleigh Sunday morning early, but not after a incredible night in Durham for the Syracuse vs. Duke game.
My good buddy Jimmy has some pretty sick tickets and I was able to watch the game from a totally different perspective. You can see from the picture below. We were on the court two rows under the basket. Boom. These kids are 18 and are seriously grown men doing battle under the basket. It is incredibly physical and it’s a good thing I chose golf because they would break me. What a great game it was too. It was back and forth the entire game and it was going to come down to the last possession. There was a controversial call all the end of the game that decided the outcome. I think it probably should have been a no call, however it was definitely more of a charge than a block. He was there, with his feet set, not under the basket, but like I said considering the circumstances it should have been a no call. Too bad. Go Duke! We will take it.
My flight left Raleigh at 6:55 am Sunday morning and I got into West Palm Beach at about 10:45. The Honda Classic is at PGA National which is a resort golf course so Amanda, Hughes, and I are staying on site this week. We have only been on tour for a very short period of time but we have found out that it is definitely worth paying a little more for convenience. Especially with a 4 month old baby. We don’t have to worry about putting him in a car seat every time we want to go somewhere to eat. We just put him in the stroller and roll him right on in there. The courtesy cars this week are obviously Honda’s and they gave us a brand new Honda Odyssey. I know that Amanda is not a mini van mom and I am definitely not a mini van dad but I totally understand why people have then. This car is absolutely amazing. It has everything.
I went on ahead and played a practice round Sunday when I arrived. I had a cart so Josh and I played the course pretty quickly and conserved energy in the process. Monday, I played in the pro am in the afternoon and finished around 6. I had a wonderful time and played with some great guys. All of them are from the Midwest so they were excited to be down in sunny Florida with shorts on. Amanda and Hughes didn’t make it down to Florida till Monday. They wanted one more day in Raleigh and took the same flight out Monday morning that I was on Sunday. Tuesday, I was pretty tired after playing 18 both days prior so I just played nine with Brendon Todd. Yesterday morning I filmed Titleist Tips from the Tour and then practiced for about an hour afterwards.
Amanda and I spent the afternoon at the Spa while Hughes was at childcare. They treated Amanda to a complimentary massage this week and she scheduled me a pedicure at the same time. We then enjoyed some of the pools they had before eating lunch and then heading back to get Hughes.
The course is very difficult this week and always plays one of the toughest on tour. The game feels like it is in good shape. I am definitely getting close to the form I had the majority of last year. It just takes time and comes and goes unfortunately. I switched my driver and three wood this week because I had been struggling so much with the other ones. I switched from a 913 D3 to the 913 D2 and have a totally different shaft. Everything about my three wood is the same except for the shaft. I can tell a good difference in both of them and am looking forward to hitting them well this week. We are playing lift clean and place the first two days so hitting the ball in the fairway gives you an extra advantage. I have a little cold that I will be playing with but I feel like I have the normal energy level. Just some congestion and sniffles. It has already been and awesome week and we are super excited and blessed to be here. God is good.
Coming to you this week from the hot Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. I am definitely not complaining, but this isn’t just warm like California was, this is the humid air that doesn’t take long to start sweating in. We are staying at PGA National this week and I love it. Not just the resort itself (hello 2 acre pool), but this is a week where everything is on site. Restaurants, golf, etc is all right here, so although we have a courtesy car (Honda of course!), you don’t much need it. I LOVE weeks like that because it is so much easier with a baby when you aren’t dealing with car seats. We can put Hughes to bed, clip his bassinet into the stroller, and walk downstairs to dinner. Now that is what you call #winning.
I have a confession. I have done a terrible job at documenting Hughes’ milestones. I don’t keep a journal or a baby book. Although every grin, giggle, and new development is written on my heart, I don’t have anything captured anywhere. So, I’m going to try to put little monthly summaries up here. Yesterday was Hughes’ 4 month birthday, so without further adieu:
4 Months Old:
Stats: 26 inches long (83rd percentile) and weighs 12 lbs 10 oz (10th percentile)
Personality: Hughes is a little flirt. He talks, giggles, and bats his eyes constantly. And the guy has never met a stranger. A lot of babies reserve their smiles for people they recognize, but Hughes will give them to anyone he makes eye contact with. He is a laid-back, go with the flow type of baby, which I am extremely grateful for, but don’t mess with him if it’s feeding or nap time. He will let you know quickly as he goes 0 to 10 in about 5 seconds flat. We are going to have to work on patience as we get older Hughes is also extremely inquisitive. He will stare around a room, at a tv, or out a window forever, like he’s trying to understand it. He is full of energy– talking and kicking almost every minute he’s awake.
Sleep: Hughes has never slept through the night. And I’m totally okay with that. He’s gone almost 6 hours a couple of times, but most nights he goes 4-5 hours when he initially goes down, and then wakes up every 3 hours after that. He nurses every time he wakes up, and he actually doesn’t even fully wakeup. He just wants to eat and goes straight back to sleep. Since he’s always had some slow weight gain issues and since those nighttime feedings are our most efficient ones, I’m not pushing him to sleep through the night. He goes to bed somewhere between 6:30 and 9:30pm. Ha. I know that’s quite a range, but you have to appreciate that we have quite a schedule. Or lack thereof. Between traveling, changing time zones, staying in different places, and occasional nighttime commitments, Hughes is not a regimented baby, but most nights he’s in bed by 7:30 or 8.
Schedule: I always thought I would be a scheduled mama. That’s my personality. I love the Babywise method and how well babies do on it. I applaud my friends who do it, but it didn’t take long for me to come to the realization that keeping Hughes on a strict schedule like that would be virtually impossible with the lifestyle we have. Every day of our life is different and truly, Hughes thrives on it. He has learned to nap anywhere, eat anywhere, fall asleep to noises, be woken up for early morning flights, and generally roll with the punches. I am thankful that God gave us a baby like him because I’m not sure what we would do with a high maintenance baby. But generally speaking, Hughes is on a rotating 3 hour schedule of eat, play, nap. He wakes up to eat around 6am, but will go back to sleep until we’re ready to get up with him and start the day, anywhere from 7-8:30.
Playtime: Hughes loves to play. He likes to lie on his back and kick, he likes to stand on your lap and jump, and sometimes he gets so excited that he squeals with delight. He talks a ton and constantly has his hands in his mouth, often grunting and talking while they are in there. He can fit his entire fist in his mouth and sometimes tries to shove them both in there. He’s drooling a ton but I don’t see any tooth buds peeking through yet. He learned to giggle a couple weeks ago and Chesson and my favorite thing to do now is try to get him to giggle for us. It is so stinkin adorable! Bath time and getting in pools and hot tubs is still one of his favorite things in the world so I think we have a definite water baby on our hands.
Other random notes:
- He has held his head up well from a very young age, but he continues to strengthen his neck. He will turn his head to follow you around a room and lift his head up to look around when he’s on his stomach.
- He’s rolled over a few times but doesn’t do it a lot.
- He’s in the hair grabbing stage. Long earrings and long hair are prime targets for him, and he’s rippedout handfuls of my hair (and almost ripped my earlobe) on a few occasions.
- He found himself in a mirror the other day for the first time. First he studied himself, then he talked to himself, then he started grinning. So funny.
- He will let anyone hold him. He knows me and he knows Chesson, but he doesn’t have any separationanxiety (yet at least).
- Our pediatrician told us that by 4 months, he should “find his feet” and start pulling on them. He never had done that until yesterday. At exactly 4 months, he suddenly went from staring at his feet all the time to pulling on them, trying to eat them, and thinking they are super fun.
- He is a cuddle bug. His best and favorite sleep is when he’s sleeping on someone. I don’t let him do it often because I want him to fall asleep by himself, but occasionally I’ll let him nap on me. He curls up, puts his face against my neck and makes little baby sighs. If he still does this when he’s 3, I’d be okay with it
So there you have it. Not much golf in this post, but 5 years from now, this is what I’d rather look back at. Chesson played 9 yesterday and took the rest of the afternoon off. We took Hughes to the pool and had a very low-key afternoon before going out to dinner and then Tour fellowship. We love this tournament and are excited to see what the week holds!
P.S. Remember that big game last week? What a finish! Chesson and I had a bet riding on that game and the winner got to dress Hughes the next day. I’ll let the picture speak for itself
Wow! It is very hard to believe that it has been one year since HadsCorner.com first started. Looking back on where we were last year this time and seeing where we are now it is truly been by God’s guidance. Web.com Tour to the PGA Tour, the idea of having a baby turning into a four month old baby boy, all these things happening in just one year is awesome.
I am heading off to West Palm Beach Sunday morning early to play in the Honda Classic. This tournament probably has the best field we have seen so far this year. Tiger, Rory, and even Phil will make the trip over to play next week. Typically he stays home for this one. After missing the cut by one at Riviera I have had a chance to get back home, recharge, and get some much needed practice alone in before heading South. I have been working on getting a little bit farther away from the ball. I feel like my shots have been falling out of the air instead of climbing high and landing soft. By standing farther away it was allowed me to get the ball in the air. I played yesterday in a little match up at Raleigh Country Club and I hit a lot of quality shots. I didn’t putt particularly well but I was able to make seven birdies which is really good at RCC. Especially when the conditions are wet and soft. I think that we are heading in the right direction which is all that we can ask for.
Today Amanda and I ran a bunch of baby errands. We had an appointment this morning at the post office to get Hughes a passport. We had everything ready when we got there but for some reason we couldn’t find his social security number. This was devastating because Amanda had been playing phone tag with these people for the last two months trying to set up this appointment. They said that we could come back the same day and they would fit us in. We thought that we were going to have to head all the way back to our house in North Raleigh to get the safety deposit box key then head to the bank to get his SS card and head all the way back downtown to wrap this chaos up. Fortunately, Amanda found the number written on a piece of paper stuck down in the envelope that we had all the information in for his passport. Crisis and nuclear meltdown avoided. These little moments remind me why I married Amanda, for her ability to manage situations and her hotness. Nailed it.
After that we went to Hughes’ doctor’s appointment. It went swimmingly and he was all smiley and in a killer mood while the doctors and nurses checked him out. We have loved our pediatrician but we feel like every time we come out of there we are stressed because they want him to be heavier etc. This time we came out of there knowing that they understood the kid is just gonna be skinny. Period. He is his dad’s son. 83rd percentile for height and 10th in weight. Love that guy.
We had some serious bonding time tonight. Everyone came over to Kent and Laurie’s house tonight to celebrate Laurie’s birthday. It was a little belated but we all enjoyed Capri and talked about how the TarHeels beat Duke last night. Yippee! I didn’t enjoy the game and realized that it is incredibly stressful to watch. Probably going to miss the next one and just wake up in the morning and check the score. Hughes and I really bonded when he started laughing at the pooting noises I was making with my mouth. He is the cutest thing in the world when he starts giggling and it made me so proud that he was laughing at pooting sounds. He is immature just like his dad. Amanda might be in for it.
Tomorrow, I am going to practice some more and pack for the next six weeks. The time home has been wonderful but I am looking forward to getting back out on the road. Jimmy Goodmon invited me to the Syracuse vs. Duke game tomorrow night and there is no way I am going to miss that one. Gonna be there screaming my head off.
Thanks for everyone who has been keeping up with the blog and following us for the last year. There will be many more to come.
Hello from HOME SWEET HOME!
Yep, that’s right, we have an OFF week and are loving every minute of it, although it’s flying by. We got home late, late Monday night and spent yesterday trying to quickly adjust to east coast time and take care of some pressing matters. We had friends over last night for an impromptu dinner party and it was such a fun time. That’s really what we love most about being home–seeing our friends and family. Then, instead of spending today unloading suitcases, washing clothes, and going through our mail, we agreed to let the Golf Channel come spend the day filming us. Most of you have probably seen ‘Inside the PGA Tour’. It’s a weekly show that airs on the Golf Channel, showing an in-depth look at a tour player’s life. They called this past weekend and asked if they could film us, and of course we couldn’t say no. So, for 9 hours today, they sat in our house and followed us around Raleigh. Hughes will be making his television debut in 2 weeks when the show airs, so you should definitely watch it for that reason alone.
As for LA, it was such a fun tournament! Ok, so going out at zero-dark-thirty on Saturday morning to bogey 18 and miss the cut by 1 was no fun at all, but the rest of the week was such a good time. The missed cut meant we got to spend the weekend enjoying Manhattan Beach, so that was a pretty good consolation prize. I loved walking into downtown, getting treats at a bakery (yes, I tried every one of them, twice), and taking Hughes for walks on the strand. What a place.
On top of that, Riviera is quite a place. It is a visually stunning golf course and Chesson loved how firm and challenging it was. He honestly played great on Friday, it just wasn’t quite enough to overcome his poor start on Thursday. He is playing a lot better golf these days and feels a lot better about his game (Top 10s help with that!), but it didn’t alleviate his disappointment for missing the cut. Next year, he will have a chip on his shoulder to take out on Riviera.
Our days home this week are jam-packed with plans before the Florida swing begins. I joked with the Golf Channel producer that Chesson and I rarely see each other when we come home because we both have so much going on that it’s good we leave again so we can reconnect ;). Thankfully, we brought the perfect California weather home with us, so this is a great week to be home.
Tomorrow is a big day in our household and it’s almost a holiday for a lot of Carolinians. When I was single, I had 3 C’s for my potential husband… Christian, Conservative and Carolina fan. It turns out, I got 2 of the 3. (The result of a fallen world, no doubt). If you don’t yet know what I’m talking about, tomorrow is the Duke-UNC basketball game. Battle of the blues, tobacco road, you name it. It is the greatest rivalry in sports and sadly, Chesson and I are on opposite sides of the fence. Most years, it’s anybody’s guess as to who will win, but this year, Duke is the clear favorite. The Heels aren’t having a great year, but that doesn’t diminish my belief that they could pull out a stunner. I will be at the game tomorrow night rocking my Carolina blue and doing my best to cheer those Tarheel boys on to victory.
We’re excited to be on the east coast for a while and hoping Florida brings more made cuts with it. It’s hard to believe the season is almost 1/3 over! Thanks for following the adventure with us!
We’re in sunny SoCal this week for the Northern Trust Open. This tournament is flippin awesome! But before I get to that, let’s rewind to last week. Chesson made the cut! Hooray! That was honestly our big goal last week but we will take a top 10 finish any day. Pebble Beach is a special place and Chesson loves the course. It was the first time so far this year that a tournament was held at a course he had played before and that definitely helped. (In addition to all the other pressures of being a rookie, he’s having to learn all these courses for the first time). After a rough start to the season, he had been looking forward to this tournament because he had “good vibes” about these courses. It was a pro-am and they actually played 3 different courses (Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club). Chesson played the first 2 back in November so he was a seasoned pro Another helping factor was the weather- it was brutal! As exhausting as it is to spectate in cold, blowing wind and rain, let alone play in it, I always tell Chesson that he thrives in bad conditions. I credit his college coach for making his team play in all types of weather. A lot of guys play bad when the weather is bad, and I think Chess usually has an advantage on those days, so thank you Coach Heppler!
Chesson’s parents were out with us for the tournament, so hello free childcare! They got to watch Chesson play, which I know he loved, and I got some help with Hughes, which I loved. It was a win-win for all. I was finally able to watch more than 2 holes of Chesson’s golf, which is something I had been missing.
It was the last pro-am of the year, which means no more celebrity spotting (Let’s be real: sitting in player dining by Peyton Manning, Andy Roddick and Clint Eastwood is pretty stinkin cool), but it also means faster rounds and 1 course events from here on out. Definitely less draining on Chesson.
Because of the 3 courses last week, the cut wasn’t made until after Saturday’s round and because of the weather, Chesson didn’t even finish Saturday’s round. He had been hovering around the cut line all week so he went out Sunday morning not knowing whether he made the cut or not and by 3pm, he had carded a T-10 finish. Golf is crazy I tell ya.
We had all of a couple hours to celebrate the finish before it was off on a late night flight to LA (Hughes’ 13th if you’re counting) to prepare for this week. As I said, this tournament is awesome. The club, the location, the fun things they do for the wives, not to mention the course itself, are fantastic. What isn’t so bueno is the traffic. Brutal. It takes FOREVER to get anywhere around here and it makes our “rush hour traffic” on 540 look like a walk in the park compared to the parking lot that is ‘The 405′. (For some reason Californians insert the word “the” before every interstate name). We have been staying in Manhattan Beach at an incredible house right on the beach but we’ll be moving to a hotel once play begins. I could do an entire post on how much I love Manhattan Beach, but let me just encourage you to come visit. Adorable little town right on the beach with awesome shops, bakeries and restaurants. Clean, safe, young and not uppity like a lot of CA beach towns… This place seriously rocks my socks. I want to come back and vacation here.
We are enjoying being out here together and I’m especially glad to be with my valentine on Valentine’s. I’ve got special plans for Hughes on Valentine’s too! We are doing an event with Tiffany’s on Friday so I think there’s a little blue box in my future. (You think they make costume jewelry? That’s mainly what I wear! Ha.)
Praying for another great week for my main squeeze! Regardless, we are grateful to God for these opportunities.
Hope that all of you are doing well and surviving the wintery blast that happened on the east coast this week. There is a little part of me that wishes I was there to enjoy in all the snow festivities. However, the weather here is pretty nice. I have been in Phoenix since Saturday evening. Amanda and I rented a car in San Diego and drove over. It was a beautiful drive crossing over the mountains. The mountains out here are covered in rocks like the mountains in NC are covered with trees. I played a practice round on Sunday for the Monday qualifier. The Waste Management tournament is one of the most popular on tour. All of the veterans and major medical guys signed up to play so my number didn’t get called. I obviously have not been playing well so I just wanted to get out there and put together a good round of golf. I did just that by shooting three under, but I did fall short of qualifying for the tournament.
I have a friend who lives in the Scottsdale area and he has been kind enough to allow me to stay with him for the week. I did decide to head over to TPC Scottsdale and play a practice round. The 1st – 10th alternates all have the right to play a practice round and be onsite. I figured I would be playing the course next year so I went on and played a practice round anyway. This course is absolutely awesome to play and at 5:15pm on a Monday there were people in the stands on 16 yelling at me. Cannot image what it is like on a Saturday when there is 20,000 in the stands who have been there all day drinking. I spent quite a bit of time at TPC Scottsdale this week and didn’t see any of the alternates there that were ahead of me. I figured I would hang out at the course on Thursday incase three guys withdrew from the tournament. Dudley Hart withdrew before the round even started so I was down to 2nd alternate, but no one else decided to take the week off. Oh well.
This place is a mecca for golf so I have been playing all over the place this week. Several guys have stayed in the area because the next tournament is at Pebble Beach so we have had a couple of fun matches. I was fortunate enough to play Whisper Rock yesterday, which is a super exclusive club. Unfortunately, Lee Janzen took some green off of me, but we are going to tee it up again today and I have all intentions of taking care of business.
I leave tomorrow for Monterey. I fly out tomorrow night around 7. That’s right, I am probably going to miss the entire Super Bowl. DANG IT! I don’t have a dog in this fight, but I guess if I had to choose someone it would be the SeaHawks. I am flying Southwest and I think that you can get DirectTV on their flights so hopefully I can watch some of the game.
I have been really working hard on getting my game back in shape. I just need to get a good tournament under my belt and that will restore the confidence that I had during 2013. Just have to stay patient and know that good things are going to happen. I believe!