• The American had missed eight straight cuts before Quail Hollow
• "You just keep believing," said an emotional Hahn afterwards
Recently launched equipment company PXG has its first Tour win after James Hahn overcame Roberto Castro in a play-off to clinch the Wells Fargo Championship.
Unbelievably, the 34-year-old had missed eight straight cuts heading into the event, but held firm to deny Castro as well as see off the challenge of the likes of Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson for only his second PGA Tour win.
“You just keep believing,” Hahn, who was unable to hold back tears, said. “Eight straight missed cuts is tough. Not a lot of people can understand that.
“Honestly, it’s the most difficult part of what we do for a living,” he said. “You start questioning yourself. Are you good enough? Will it ever happen again? Then you start thinking into the future as far as selling shoes again for a living.”
How Hahn won it
After Castro found a creek, but then remarkably got up and down for bogey from a shoe on the first play-off hole, Hahn sealed the win with this four-footer for par.
Congratulations James Hahn!
He's won the Wells Fargo Championship. https://t.co/uI9mM6R6UG
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 8, 2016
What they said
Roberto Castro (2): “I’m really encouraged by what I saw in my game this week. It's a great test here at Quail Hollow. I am excited to tee it up next time.”
Justin Rose (3): “I played well and so this is a real disappointment. Really felt like that was one of the most quality rounds of golf I played in a long time and just made nothing out of it. Putter was ice cold today and incredibly disappointing because of that.”
Rickie Fowler (T4): “I didn't get out of the gate swinging well off the tee, kind of fought that a little bit through the round. So yeah, obviously it sucks. It's disappointing knowing where my game was at coming into today.”
— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) May 8, 2016
— Zach Johnson (@ZachJohnsonPGA) May 8, 2016
James Hahn's last nine PGA Tour starts:
Once again, golf makes no sense.
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelESPN) May 8, 2016
1 - James Hahn (70, 71, 68, 70) -9
2 - Roberto Castro (71, 66, 71, 71) -9
3 - Justin Rose (70, 70, 69, 71) -8
T4 - Phil Mickelson (69, 70, 76, 66) -7
T4 - Rickie Fowler (71, 68, 68, 74) -7
T4 - Rory McIlroy (73, 69, 73, 66) -7
T4 - Andrew Loupe (65, 71, 74, 71) -7