James Hahn secures maiden win

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• James Hahn sees off Johnson and Casey in play-off at Riviera
• Moves up more than 200 places to No.86 in world rankings
• Sergio Garcia misses out after bogey-bogey finish

JAMES HAHN

James Hahn grabbed his maiden win on the PGA Tour, defeating Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey in a three-way play-off at the Northern Trust Open.


The 33-year-old American, who has risen up to No.86 in the world from No.297 as a result, shot a final round of 69 to force the play-off, with two-shot overnight leader Retief Goosen finishing T8 after a final round of 75.

Hahn and Johnson birdied the second play-off hole, eliminating Casey who could only manage a par, and after Hahn sunk a 25-footer for a birdie on the par-3 14th, Johnson missed his attempt, handing victory to a jubilant Hahn.

After his maiden success, James Hahn tweeted:

James Hahn tweet

For a short while on what was a stormy Sunday at Riviera CC, it looked as though it would be a shoot-out between Johnson and Sergio Garcia for the title, and when the American bogeyed 17, it seemed to be the Spaniard’s to lose.

But lose it he did, ending his round bogey-bogey and failing to make it into the play-off, finishing in a tie for fourth alongside Hideki Matsuyama, Keegan Bradley and Jordan Spieth.

Speaking to the PGA Tour website, Garcia said: “I’ve always been truthful to myself and I didn’t deserve to win this week, it’s as simple as that. It caught up with me on the last six, seven holes.

“For whatever reason, my swing doesn’t seem to be clicking just yet. So it’s been a little bit of hard work but to be able to have a chance, as uncomfortable as I felt all week, I thought it was a good effort. Unfortunately just not good enough.”

Defending champion Bubba Watson finished T14 on two-under par and moved above Henrik Stenson to No.2 in the world rankings, as he prepares for the defence of his Masters title in April.

James Hahn triumphs at Riviera CC :: Your thoughts


American James Hahn won for the first time on the PGA Tour yesterday, but what did you make of Sergio Garcia's disappointing finish? Leave your thoughts in the 'Comments' section below

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