Monday, 9 May 2016

James Hahn Holds Up Wells Fargo

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James Hahn emerged from a slump to win the Wells Fargo Championship in a play-off against his fellow American Roberto Castro in North Carolina.

The South Korean-born Hahn made par on the first extra hole, the par-four 18th, sinking a four-foot putt to edge Castro at Quail Hollow in Charlotte. Castro made Hahn’s task considerably easier by pulling his drive into the creek left of the fairway.

Hahn, 34, who had missed eight consecutive cuts, recorded a closing 70 for a nine-under-par 279. He missed a six-foot putt at the 72nd hole that would have won it in regulation but made amends in the play-off to claim his second PGA Tour victory.

Hahn and Castro (71) finished one shot in front of Justin Rose while the Americans Phil Mickelson and Andrew Loupe, the third-round leader Rick Fowler and the defending champion, Rory McIlroy, were two strokes back.

McIlroy, who shot a final-round 66, has dominated the Quail Hollow tournament since 2010, with two wins and three other top-10 finishes.

The highlight of the Northern Irishman’s victory last year was a course-record 61 in the final round and he again impressed on Sunday with eight birdies. However, bogeys at the first and last undid his good work.

Bogeys at the 12th and 16th proving Rose’s undoing after three birdies. The Englishman tweeted: “Tough final day at the office, but many positives to take from this week.”

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