Washington - James Hahn parred the first
hole of a sudden death playoff on Sunday to beat Roberto Castro for the Wells
Fargo Championship title and end months of misery on the PGA Tour.
America's Hahn arrived at Quail Hollow in
Charlotte, North Carolina, this week having missed eight straight cuts. He
hadn't produced a round in the 60s since February.
He had to fight back tears after sinking a
four-foot par putt at Quail Hollow's demanding 18th to seal his second career
"Eight straight missed cuts is
tough," Hahn said. "You start to question yourself - are you good
enough, will it ever happen again?"
But he needed only a routine par for the
victory as Castro was in trouble right away in the playoff, sending his tee
shot into the stream guarding the fairway.
His third shot from the bank landed in the
shoe of a spectator near the green and after his chip rolled past the pin he
settled for a bogey.
"It's crazy to call myself a two-time
PGA Tour champion," Hahn said. "To do this on the first playoff hole
Both Hahn and Castro finished 72 holes at
nine-under 279, one shot in front of England's Justin Rose.
Hahn, who earned his first career title via
a playoff at the 2015 Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles, bogeyed the 18th in
regulation to cap a 70 while Castro closed with a 71.
Rose carded a 71 for solo third place on
Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson and
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy led a group on 281, both climbing up the
leaderboard with 66s.
They were joined by overnight leader Rickie
Fowler, who carded a 74, and Andrew Loupe, who signed for a 71.
Castro had seized the lead with a birdie at
15, but bogeyed 16 and 17 to let Hahn move one ahead.
Hahn missed a chance to close it out in
regulation when his seven-footer for par at the 72nd hole failed to drop.
Castro then salvaged a par from the right
rough at 18 to force the playoff, but he couldn't master the notorious hole
Eighteen was tough on McIlroy as well. He
was four-over on the hole for the week, including a bogey there on Sunday.
"Any time you walk off the golf course
and soot 66, you can't be too disappointed," said McIlroy, who
nevertheless regretted that he "had a chance on the back nine to post a
number for the guys to at least think about, and I didn't".
Fowler had more to regret, after a round
that included a double-bogey at the seventh and three bogeys.
"Obviously it sucks," Fowler said
of his collapse. "It's disappointing knowing where my game was at coming
into today. I felt really good about being in the final group and getting the
job done. But yeah, some little off swings off the tee and then catching that
mud ball on seven - not exactly good fortune."
Leading final-round scores on Sunday in the PGA Tour Wells Fargo
Championship at Charlotte, North Carolina (x-won at first playoff hole.
USA unless noted):
279 - x-James Hahn 70-71-68-70, Roberto Castro 71-66-71-71
280 - Justin Rose (ENG) 70-70-69-71
281 - Phil Mickelson 69-70-76-66, Rory McIlroy (NIR) 73-69-73-66, Andrew Loupe 65-71-74-71, Rickie Fowler 71-68-68-74
282 - Lucas Glover 71-70-70-71
283 - Danny Lee (NZL) 72-71-73-67, Fabian Gomez (ARG) 75-69-69-70
284 - Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 74-71-70-69, Chesson Hadley 71-67-76-70, Tim Wilkinson (NZL) 68-73-70-73
285 - Daniel Summerhays 69-75-71-70, Brendan Steele 71-70-72-72, Retief Goosen (RSA) 69-72-71-73
- David Lingmerth (SWE) 71-71-76-68, William McGirt 70-74-74-68, Harris
English 71-71-74-70, Francesco Molinari (ITA) 72-70-73-71, Adam Scott
(AUS) 73-70-72-71, John Senden (AUS) 68-72-73-73, Daniel Berger
287 - Harold Varner 72-69-74-72, Patton Kizzire 72-69-74-72, Gary Woodland 72-72-71-72, Scott Langley 70-69-71-77