WES’s WISDOM: A few personal highlights from a memorable year at LowcoSports

We’re nearing the end of 2021, a year that was again marked by the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. But we found a way to push through and witnessed another unforgettable year of local sports action. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite memories and moments of the action I covered this year across the Lowco.

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GOLF: Higgo hunts down Hadley, claims first PGA Tour win at Congaree

When Congaree Golf Club was called upon to pinch-hit for the RBC Canadian Open, the brand-new hidden gem presented a golden opportunity for a breakthrough win. The stars were aligning for Chesson Hadley with a four-shot lead to begin the final round, but as the overcast skies gave way to sunshine, a young South African seized the moment to ignite his professional career. 

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GOLF: Hadley takes 4-shot cushion into final 18 at Palmetto Championship at Congaree

A dramatic day filled with crazy penalty drops, a wicked thunderstorm, and a birdie-less 4-under 67 were just some of the highlights from round three of the Palmetto Championship at Congaree. Unfortunately, the third round was called as the final two groups were on the 18th hole. Tain Lee, Harris English, Dustin Johnson, and leader Chesson Hadley all headed to the final hole at 7:30 a.m. Sunday to complete the round.

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WES’s WISDOM: Hadley on the cusp of career-defining win at Congaree

For a professional golfer, there’s nothing worse than the disappointment of losing a PGA Tour card. For Chesson Hadley, it meant a long and difficult climb back up to the top of a steep mountain. Now, after years of an unrelenting grind, Hadley can see the shining summit. The 33- year-old is just a round of golf away from a career-defining victory right here in the South Carolina Lowcountry. 

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GOLF: Journeyman Wes Roach snags first-round lead at Congaree, DJ one shot back

Since 2014, Wes Roach has been searching for that elusive first PGA Tour win. As the curtain opened at Congaree Golf Club on Thursday, he delivered a dazzling start to his mission. The 32-year-old veteran was brilliant in the opening round of the Palmetto Championship in Ridgeland, carding a 7-under 64 to take a one-shot lead over four others, including world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

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