‘Really Uncomfortable’ – Chesson Hadley Reflects on Playing Together With Dustin Johnson

Published 06/13/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Jun 11, 2021; Ridgeland, South Carolina, USA; Chesson Hadley with his caddie on the 18th green during the second round of the Palmetto Championship at Congaree golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports

The Palmetto Championship has thrown plenty of surprises in three rounds. 33-year-old Chesson Hadley looks poised to win his first PGA Tour event since 2014 and the odds are currently in his favor. Hadley played Round 3 with World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, and later reflected on the experience. 

It is not often that you see Chesson Hadley dominate the leaderboard after 54-holes. However, the Congaree Golf Club has been complementing his game well, and the veteran golfer has been consistent with his scoring at the Palmetto Championship. 

“Yeah, I was really uncomfortable to start, absolutely. I was nervous, I was anxious and it has been a long time since I’ve been in a position like this,” Hadley said about his initial experience of playing with Dustin Johnson. 

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Jun 11, 2021; Ridgeland, South Carolina, USA; Dustin Johnson gestures to a fan during the second round of the Palmetto Championship at Congaree golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports

“I have been in a position like that before, but you just kind of forget. And so I was really uncomfortable and I didn’t hit a good first tee shot and I was lucky to be able to pitch out and just made my bogey and was still kind of — I started to feel better on hole 4,” he added. 

Why Chesson Hadley is enjoying his game at the Congaree Golf Club

Chesson Hadley has been producing tremendous results at the Palmetto Championship at Congaree. It is not all by luck as the North Carolina native has been putting in the work at the driving range. 

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The results are evident too. In Round 1, Hadley displayed 92.86% driving accuracy and made 13/14 fairways. He also capitalized on the firm greens and has made 39/53 greens in regulation so far. 

Chesson Hadley shot a 65 in his first round and a 66 in the second. He was unable to bring his third round to a close on Saturday due to inclement weather and just has the 18th hole left to play. 

As things stand at the moment, Chesson Hadley is right on course to win his second tour title. It is well deserved one must say. Perseverance is the golden factor when it comes to golf, and Hadley has been preserving for so many years and he’s incredibly close to tasting success once again! 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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