WATCH: Adam Hadwin Tackled By Security After Nick Taylor's RBC Canadian Open Win

The Canadian tried celebrating his countryman's victory at the tournament, but met his match in a security guard on the 18th green

Adam Hadwin is tackled by security at the 2023 RBC Canadian Open
Adam Hadwin met his match in a security guard while trying to celebrate Nick Taylor's RBC Canadian Open victory
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The playoff contested between Tommy Fleetwood and Nick Taylor for the RBC Canadian Open title was anything but a bog-standard affair.

There was the sheer intensity of it, as the duo couldn’t be separated over the first three holes despite multiple errors from both players giving ample opportunities for each to close out the victory.

There was also the incredible atmosphere. The crowd created something more akin to the Ryder Cup than the PGA Tour as the majority willed Taylor to finally break the 69-year run without a Canadian winning the trophy.

Then there was the unforgettable moment Taylor granted their wishes courtesy of an outrageous 72-foot putt on the fourth playoff hole to spark bedlam on the 18th at Oakdale Golf and Country Club.

Among all the chaos, one more extraordinary moment was about to come to pass. Following Taylor’s mammoth putt that handed him his third PGA Tour win, fellow Canadian Adam Hadwin – who tied for 12th in the tournament - decided to join in the celebrations by running onto the green and spraying the victor with champagne.

He would have managed it, too, if he hadn’t been wrestled to the putting surface by a security guard using a technique that wouldn’t have looked out of place on the NFL!

Clearly, Hadwin had been mistaken for a fan rather than a player with a PGA Tour win and two Presidents Cup appearances to his name. 

Of course, it is to be hoped Hadwin was not hurt in the mix-up. If anything, though, the incident seemed almost fitting among the general pandemonium of an occasion that anyone present is unlikely to forget.

Mike Hall
News Writer

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.