CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chesson Hadley has played in only two Wells Fargo Championships to date, but he is bound to become a favorite with golf fans in the Queen City. After all, the 28-year-old counts Bojangles’ Chicken Supremes as a last meal of choice on his bio page at PGATour.com.
“Oh, my gosh. They have the best biscuits,” exclaimed the Raleigh, N.C., native immediately after his round Friday. “I’m actually going to get some right now for lunch.”
And with that, the wiry 6-foot-4-inch Hadley was gone.
Yes, Hadley may have an affinity for the buttery goodness of Charlotte’s own Bojangles’ biscuits, but he probably was loving the vaunted Quail Hollow Club even moreso after a gorgeous second-round 67 rocketed him up the leaderboard early in the day to sit at 6-under 138 though 36 holes.
Hadley got things started quickly, with birdies at the first and second holes, and despite a double-bogey at No. 3, he rallied with five more red numbers throughout the remainder of his round on a very slick and windy Quail Hollow Club.
“To be honest with you, that might be the best round I’ve played on Tour yet just with how tough the golf course is playing and the conditions,” said Hadley, who still lives down the road in Raleigh, and is being cheered on this week by a throng of friends and family in the galleries. “You know, the double bogey, you’re going to make mistakes out here on these difficult golf courses. Fortunately, I was able to recover. I made a lot of putts today, which was good, and I hit it well.”
With just eight made cuts in 15 events, however, it’s been something of a ho-hum season thus far for Hadley, who immediately made noise on Tour as a rookie in 2014, winning the Puerto Rico Open and ultimately claiming Rookie of the Year honors.
But the Georgia Tech alum’s game has been steadily improving, and he’s fresh off his best showing of the season at last week’s rain-plagued Zurich Classic of New Orleans where he tied for 20th.
“I haven’t played my best the last year or so,” he said. “But I’ve been heading in the right direction for the last few weeks and it feels great. I’ve got a lot of confidence, I’m making putts and I’m hitting the ball where I want to hit it, which is also really nice”
Hadley missed the cut in his first appearance in 2014 at Quail, but he tied for 20th last year. With two good rounds in the books already this week, he was asked what it would mean to win in his home state of North Carolina.
“That would be huge,” Hadley said. “I know my way around Charlotte somewhat, so it kind of feels like a hometown event, especially with all my family and some friends here. So that would be huge, to put on that jacket and hoist that trophy.”
If nothing else, there are plenty of Bojangles’ around town for Hadley to enjoy.