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Raleigh’s Chesson Hadley shoots 5-under 67, in contention at Quail Hollow

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Raleigh’s Chesson Hadley hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during Friday’s second round of the Wells Fargo Championship. He is tied for third place after his 5-under 67 round.
Raleigh’s Chesson Hadley hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during Friday’s second round of the Wells Fargo Championship. He is tied for third place after his 5-under 67 round. Getty Images

A Raleigh native, Chesson Hadley has had his eye on the Wells Fargo Championship for some time.

After Friday’s round of 5-under 67, he’s in contention for his first professional victory in his home state.

“Oh my gosh, 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 – put on that jacket and hoist that trophy. There’s nothing wrong with a little silver on Sunday, right?”

Hadley sits tied for third place at 6 under for the tournament. This is his third time at Quail Hollow Club after missing the cut in 2014 and finishing 20th last year.

Hadley, 28, attended North Raleigh Christian Academy before attending Georgia Tech. He has one career PGA Tour victory, winning the Puerto Rico Open in 2014.

It’s been more than a year since Hadley even placed in the top 10. His Friday included seven birdies thanks to a hot putter he’d used just 25 times.

“I made a lot of putts today, which was good, and I hit it well,” he said. “So when you’re hitting it well and you’re making putts, good things happen. So hopefully I can keep doing that this weekend.”

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