James Hahn, who missed the cut in his previous eight PGA Tour starts, emerged a surprise winner of the Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.
Hahn, 34, defeated Roberto Castro on the first extra hole by holding a four-foot par putt after the latter hit his tee shot into a creek and made bogey. It was Hahn’s second PGA Tour victory; he won the Northern Trust Open, also in a playoff, in 2015.
He made it more challenging by three-putting from 34 feet at the 18th hole in regulation, including a miss from nine feet for par that would have allowed him to win without a playoff. A few minutes later, Castro two-putted from 51 feet, including his holing a six-footer for par, at 18 to send it to extra holes.
“You just keep believing,” Hahn said. “I’m surrounded by a great team. 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. You start questioning yourself. Are you good enough? Will it ever happen again?”
Hahn closed with a two-under par 70 and a 72-hole score of nine-under par 279.
Rickie Fowler, the 54-hole leader, played the front nine in three-over par 39, which included a double-bogey at the par-5 seventh to fall out of contention. Fowler tied for fourth, along with Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, each of whom shot 66.