James Hahn celebrates his second PGA Tour title at Quail Hollow
Charlotte, North Carolina - James Hahn was in a spiral of doubt. Having missed eight consecutive
cuts on the PGA Tour, his confidence was at an all-time low. After 54 holes of the Wells Fargo
Championship at Quail Hollow, the 2015 Northern Trust Open Champion produced rounds of 70-71
-68, Hahn was finally in contention.
Coming down the closing "Green Mile" it was a two man race between Hahn and Roberto Castro.
Needing a two putt to finish at 10 under par and set the clubhouse lead, Hahn three putted the last
and went to the clubhouse at -9 after his final round 70. Castro meanwhile, was struggling coming
in down the closing stretch with bogeys at the 16th and 17th. After reaching the green in regulation
at the last, Castro faced a lengthy par putt after leaving his lag putt woefully short. Needing to hole
the putt to reach the playoff, Castro calmly stepped up and poured it in.
The first hole of the playoff returned the players to the 18th hole. After Castro hit a low hook into
the creek, Hahn piped his best of day 300 yards down the fairway. Castro recovered nicely but Hahn
hit his approach into the middle of the green needing just a two putt for the win. Hahn once again
left his birdie attempt on the 18th green far short of a tap in. Castro, needing to hole another lengthy
putt to stay alive, once again managed to make a big putt - this time for bogey. Hahn had a seven
footer to end the week's tilt and overcome his recent slump. . . and did just that, GAME OVER.
When it was over Hahn was as relieved as he was excited. "Missing eight straight cuts is tough. You
start questioning yourself, wonder if you're good enough, and you look into the future and wonder
if you have to sell shoes again . . . but I have a great team around me and kept believing."
54 hole leader Rickie Fowler shot 74 on Sunday and finished tied for fourth with Phil Mickelson (66),
Rory McIlroy (66) and Andrew Loupe (71) . Justin Rose (71) finished solo third at 8 under par.