Jimmy Fallon took a crack at several PGA Tour players last night and Chesson wasn’t left out of the fun.
Hope that you guys had a great start to the week. Today was my first day back playing golf since the British Open. It felt good to get back at it and get outside and sweat a little bit. I thought that Wakefield Plantation was open today but when I drove up there I realized that they were closed. So, I drove over to North Ridge Country Club where I thought that they opened at 12 to walk the course. It was about 11:30 so I was going to grab a quick bite to eat then hit the links. Turns out you are not allowed to walk the course until 1 during the summer so I ended up heading out to Raleigh Country Club to play a quick nine. After that I did stop back by NRCC for another nine before heading home to spend some time with Amanda and Hughes. NRCC is a great course to play to rebuild confidence because it is a little bit easier of a golf course and you can make a bunch of birdies. Birdies take care of everything!
A good thing to remember when getting back into the swing of things golf wise is not to expect too much immediately. I have figured that out over the years when heading back to work after some time off. You can hurt yourself mentally if you think you should be striping it right off the bat. In reality, you should just be trying to get your feet wet again. None of the ranges were open today so I didn’t hit any balls and just went straight to the tee. That isn’t always a bad thing either because you don’t sit on the range and tinker or think about your golf swing. You just get out there and play golf freed up with no expectations. Tomorrow is the day when we turn it up a little bit and get picky with how we are performing. It is a long week of preparation and I hope to get everything right were I need it before leaving for the PGA Championship on Sunday.
I’m realizing that Hughes is a ladies man. As I was getting ready to leave this morning, his little girl friend Tinley arrived for a play date and walk on the greenway. After that he swept her off her feet and took her to a very romantic spot called the public library. Well done sir. Apparently they have something up there called “Story Time. It is a total girl thing so Tinley had to love it. Apparently you sit in a circle and they read stories and sing songs to your baby. I don’t see myself taking him there when we have a little father/son time but I am glad that he got to go with mom. Hughes and Tinley are 3 weeks apart in age and it is really cool to see the different developments in each baby. Sweet Tinley is very polite and will sit quietly and play while Hughes is totally different. He is busy and into everything typically with a little drama attached to it. This carries over into the way he eats, so it’s probably a good thing Tinley hasn’t seen him at a meal yet.
Lisa from WRAL helps out with the blog and I gave her a call today to run some ideas by her. We are still brainstorming on how we are going to do it but we are definitely going to be giving away some really cool stuff throughout the remainder of the year. Make sure you keep up to date with the blog and subscribe if you would like to receive updates via email. Boom baby.
Hope that you guys had a wonderful day. It was nice to see the sun for the first time in a while. Felt like Amanda and I brought back the gloomy weather from the UK with us.
We didn’t really have anything planned today. Pretty boring actually until this evening. Our master bathroom needed some attention so I did some serious cleaning in there this morning while Amanda cleaned the kitchen and Hughes hammered some zzz’s. It took me a while but I got it right. It is so fresh in there right now you might consider eating dinner in there. Boom baby.
The only thing we had to do today was run an errand to Bass Pro Shops and drop off some stuff for charity. I got a nice fishing pole from my in-laws for my birthday and the tip broke off so we had to make an exchange. That place has absolutely everything. You can drop some serious cash in there in a hurry if you are not careful. Afterwards we stopped by ChickFilA and Whole Foods. Amanda and I have completely different ideas of what a good lunch is, and I’ll let you guess who wanted which place.
The coolest part of the day was a delivery from FedEx. Polk Audio is a high end audio company and they shipped us some new speakers and head phones. We have basically been blaring music since I opened them. Celine Dion, Journey, Bush, Backstreet Boys, you name it we have played it. These things are legit. Check out there website here. Thanks for keeping up guys! Birdies, Chesson
Ello ello everyone,
It has been too long I know and I am sorry that I have neglected our relationship. It has totally been my fault and I hope that you can forgive me? I have not been seeing anyone else just busy with work and family. No excuses play like a champion, right? I have not been playing well lately obviously and it dawned on me that it is because I have not been posting on HadsCorner. Coincidence? I don’t think so. I’m back baby!
There hasn’t been much to write about on the golf front the past SEVERAL tournaments, but as I stated above, I look for that to improve immediately due to my recommitment to our relationship.
There has been a lot going on with Hughes though. He has been growing like a weed. He will be nine months this Friday and he is crawling, pulling up on everything, and putting everything in his mouth. It is an absolute full time job watching him. Parenting is HARD people. He has started pitching fits every now and then when we tell him no or pull him away from something we do not want him to play with. They start with him sitting up and screaming at the top of his lungs as these big crocodile tears run down his face. He then proceeds to bury his face in the ground, still crying, in the fetal position rocking back in forth to put the icing on the cake. Full drama artist just like his daddy. So proud of him! It is seriously hard to believe that he is nine months. He has been such a blessing and we love him very much.
I just got back to the United States after a quick trip across the pond. I was over in England for my first major ever at British Open. It was played at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, which is a suburb of Liverpool. Quick trivia, can anyone name which band came from Liverpool, England? That would be the Beatles people. What an absolute pleasure it was to play there last week. The course was absolutely phenomenal and the weather cooperated nicely all week. Golf is so different over there and it was a breath of fresh air to play a little bit different style of golf. I was hitting 60 degree wedges from 130 and 4 irons from 175. You are at the mercy of the bounce and wind out there. Oh, and the bunkers are BRUTAL as well. If anyone ever has a chance to go over there and play I would encourage you to do so. It is a different kind of beautiful.
Amanda and I also celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary over in merry old England. It has been a privilege and an honor to be married to this woman for as long as I have. I love you Amanda.
Also, had a chance to hang out with Bubba Watson while I was over there. We have not had a chance to do that much since I have been on tour so it was awesome getting to know him. We both missed the cut so we spent all day Saturday playing backyard golf at the house he rented for the week. We had some crazy holes set up and were using sand wedges and nine irons to hit to these makeshift holes we designed. It was pouring rain by the way, which only added to the excitement.
The flight back to the US was long but there is only a few better feelings in the world than arriving back in the mother country. Knowing that you have your own bed, F-150 Raptor, and Bojangles at your disposal is hard to beat. Amanda and I flew separately back to the states and arrived in RDU within 20 minutes of each other. We had not seen Hughes in several days so it was a sweet reunion. My parents and her parents split time watching him while we were gone. They were very excited about keeping him and very excited about dropping him off. He is so much fun, but like I said a total handful to watch. He is continuous motion and energy.
I had a birthday not too long ago and for that birthday my sweet, sweet wife knew just what to get me. An ICI Magnum front bumper for my Raptor. It was delivered while I was in England so naturally I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning putting it on the night that we got home. I was very proud of myself for taking on the task of putting this thing on. There is something very manly about getting under a hood or a car and taking things apart and putting them back together. There was something I wanted to tweak with the setup of the bumper so Mitch came over last night and we got it all straightened out. As I have gotten to know him over the years, I’ve learned that Mitch is just better than you at everything. Always has been, always will be. How is he single ladies? I mean really. Guy is a Christian, has a job, works really hard, doesn’t live with his parents, and is good at everything. Four words ladies. Potential candidate for you! Love that guy.
Last year my friend Jimmy and I went down to his house in Oriental, NC, for a little fishing trip and it was life changing. Remember the post titled, Megalops Atlanticus? Yeah, we are fishing for tarpon. I leave soon for the annual event and I will be doing whatever it takes to get one of those to the side of the boat. They are the most beautiful fish I have ever seen and so much fun to catch. I will be posting pictures of the trip when I come home.
Thats about all I have for now! Thanks for keeping up guys and remember to follow me on Twitter as well. My handle is @chadleyprogolf.
It is nice to get back into the swing of things down here in Hilton Head. This week we are in South Carolina for the RBC Heritage. This is our first tournament of the year that we have been able to drive to so it was a breath of fresh air to pile everything in the car and head down i-95 yesterday. We had to go to Chapel Hill for some tax stuff so It took us a little bit longer to get down here than normal. We also had a couple of stops to add to the time, but that is okay because I don’t mind spending a little bit more time in my new TRUCK!
Yes, thats right, I am really embracing the redneck side that I have been trying to develop and I broke bad and bought me a truck. I am in absolute love with this thing. While we were in San Antonio for the Valero Texas Open they gave us a Ford F-150 to drive for the week. This was the first time I had ever driven a truck and it was so awesome I had to go and get one myself. I went up to Capital Ford in Raleigh and had my man James Moss find me a F-150 Raptor. He was able to get one to me a couple of days before we left for Hilton Head. Amanda wasn’t sold on the whole idea of me getting a truck but after a couple of days with the Raptor she has come around. Personally, I think she looks pretty hot stepping out of a truck especially with her new hair cut. She’s a hot mom for sure. Boom, brownie points.
It has been a long time since I played Harbor Town, but a lot of the holes came back to me as I was playing my practice round today. The weather was absolutely perfect, but I was exhausted after the first nine. Taking two weeks off from tournament golf will do that to you. I will have my sea legs back by Thursday.
Since the win has given me some security, I have been able to make some short term goals to keep me hungry and focused. The current short term goal is to get inside the top 50 in the world by the end of the Memorial. That would qualify me for the US Open in Pinehurst. As much as I would have loved to play in the Masters this year, I think it would only be fitting for my first major to be in Pinehurst. Especially since I spent so much time playing there growing up. So that is what I will be focusing on these next several weeks.
Tomorrow’s weather is supposed to be brutal so I made sure to get a lot of my work in today. I was a little rusty out there on the course this afternoon but had a great practice session after the round. I am excited to get things rocking and rolling this week.
Just dropping by to thank you all for your encouragement this week. Chesson is playing awesome and really feels great out there–minus the cold I gave him 🙂 Thankfully, it has passed and it didn’t seem to affect his golf. He’s somewhat ‘in the zone’ at the moment and hasn’t had the chance to post. Bay Hill is a special place and we are fortunate to have had 3 great rounds so far. Tomorrow morning we will probably do the same thing we did this morning: eat breakfast in bed and take Hughes to the pool. I can’t think of anything more fun or relaxing. Who knows what tomorrow holds except our Heavenly Father. It will be a great day regardless.
What an absolutely incredible week. I still cannot believe that I have won on the PGA Tour. I think it would be more believable if I had been playing well for a while and had been knocking on the door, but I haven’t and it just came out of nowhere. I definitely knew that my game was good enough to be out here, but I thought that I would have to pay a little more dues before getting into the winner’s circle. Instead, I just blacked out and went on ahead and got it done. God is good my friends and I am not sure why he chose me, but I am grateful and humble. I hope that people look at this win as a gift give from Him instead of something that I went out and did by myself. This wouldn’t have happened without God’s allowance.
I know from my last post that you guys got a little glimpse of the beginning of my week, so I won’t bore you with those details again. We will just dive right on into the good stuff. The filet mignon if you will. Nailed it.
Thursday, I went off int he morning and started the stripe show early. Hit some great shots to get comfortable and settled into the round. I didn’t make any birdies to start, but I was able to stay patient and got the first one on number 5. I finished off the nine well with birdies on 8 and 9 to turn in three under. Probably one of the best nines I had played that year. Everything was starting to line up from the driver to the putter. I finally felt like it was BACK. I played the back nine in one under with a couple of bogeys and three birdies. I was extremely pleased with my round because the wind was blowing and it was playing difficult out there.
The next day I teed off late and I was a little nervous/anxious because I wasn’t sure if I was going to play well again after my solid first round. Playing well consistently hasn’t been a trend this year. I haven’t really felt like there was a tournament where I hit it really well from start to finish. My feelings were relieved because I hit it so stinkin’ good the whole day. I made 7 birds and and eagle on the way to a 7 under, one shot out of the lead.
The third round I was in the final group and was really excited about getting out there because I knew exactly what was going on with my game. My swing thought for the week was to stay tall and it was producing the results. This could have been the best ball striking round I have ever had. I didn’t make a single bogey and made four birdies through my first six holes. I only made one more birdie after that, but was inside of 15 feet every hole except for one on my final 12. Only made one putt. I was pretty frustrated after the round because I felt like I left about 5 more shots out there, but was still in great position to win.
I entered the final round with a 1 shot lead. I was so nervous but from past experience I knew what had to be done. Because this course was playing easy, I would have to get out there and make some birdies to have any chance. I got off to a great start and never looked back. I had the nastiest little chip in on number five that could have easily been a bogey. I just kinda knew that after it went in it would be my day. Danny made a little run at me the last couple of holes, but I was able to hold him off with birdies on the last two to secure the dub. Having two putts to win from three feet on the last is a pretty cool feeling.
This win means so much. Especially being a rookie out here and getting a win. This takes a ton of the pressure off and guarantees me the rest of this year, next year and 2015-2016 on the PGA Tour. We are in Tampa this week getting ready for another tournament. Its really weird because our lives have changed forever, but nothing has changed. We are the same people, keeping the same routine, just at another golf tournament. Looking forward to getting back out there again this week. Gotta get it while the iron is hot. Boom.
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.