Born in Raleigh, North Carolina on July 5, 1987, Chesson Hadley has always been involved in sports. He took up golf at the age of 6, and broke par for the first time by age 12. He was a three-time All-State performer during his high school years as well as a five-year letterwinner at North Raleigh Christian Academy. Hadley won every conference match during his senior year. It wasn’t just golf that kept him going, though. Chesson was also class president and a member of the National Honor Society. His classmates voted him most comedic. That energetic spirit helps to guide his game on the golf course.
Choosing golf was an easy decision, as Hadley quickly began to flourish. He earned a scholarship to Georgia Tech where he was a three-time All-American, winning the Carpet Capital Collegiate as well as the ACC Championship his senior year. In 2008, he represented the United States on the Palmer Cup team. This great success paved the way for his professional golf career.
Hadley turned professional in 2010 after graduating with a degree in Business Management. He played on the eGolf Tour for 2 years before making it to the Web.com Tour during 2012 PGA Tour Qualifying School. He won twice on the Web.com Tour in 2013, winning his hometown event, the Rex Hospital Open, as well as the Tour Championship. He finished with the highest combined earnings during the regular season and the playoffs and was a rookie on the PGA Tour in 2013.
During his debut season on the PGA TOUR, Chesson came out strong, winning the Puerto Rico Open. He had 4 top-10 finishes during the season and went on to receive the honor of 2014 PGA TOUR Rookie of the year. He had another solid 2015 campaign on the PGA Tour before struggling in the 2016 season. In 2017, he returned to the Web.com Tour where he notched two victories, two 2nd-place finishes, and 6 top 10s. He finished #1 on the overall money list and was named Player of the Year.
He returned to the Tour in 2018 with a fury, finishing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in his first three starts. He had a solid season, notching 7 top 10 finishes and finishing 44th in the FedEx Cup. He looks to continue the momentum in 2019.
Chesson met his wife Amanda in elementary school. He cites her support as one of the most important things in both his personal and professional life. They reside with their son Hughes and daughter Hollins in Raleigh, North Carolina, where Chesson plays at North Ridge Country Club and Wakefield Plantation.