James Hahn birdied the third playoff hole at the Northern Trust Open, to earn his first career PGA Tour victory and an invite to the Masters. No dancing though.
Until yesterday we all remember James Hahn most for his “Gangnam Style” dance on the 16th green at TPC Scottsdale back in 2013. And why would we remember him for more than that? Coming into Riviera, Hahn was ranked 297th in the Official World Golf Rankings. 297th!!!! The victory moves him all the way up to 86th and 8th in the FedEx Cup Standings.
We have been saying for months now that literally every golfer in the field each week has the ability to win a PGA Tour event. We should not be surprised win ANYONE wins. Hell, 52 year-old, Vijay Singh was in the mix until the back nine on Sunday. At one point he held the lead. He is old enough to be James Hahn’s father!.
We are most impressed with how Hahn handled himself and played all afternoon. Starting the day with 3 birdies on the front nine put him in a spot to have a chance down the stretch. A birdie and two bogey on the back nine made it tough. He fought and grinded to a par on the 18th hole after scrambling to par on the par 5 17th hole.
Then came the unbelievable playoff performance. Facing Tour veterans, Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson, Hahn seemed poised and ready to win. All three men made par on the 18th hole. Hahn and Johnson made birdie from behind the bunker on the left of the green on the short 10th hole. Casey was eliminated. Then there was two.
Dustin Johnson hit a very fine tee ball into the par 3 14th hole, the third playoff hole. He was about 12 feet from the cup. Hahn then hit his tee shot to 25 feet. Advantage DJ right? That’s what it looked like at the time. We were all wrong.
Hahn stepped up his ball and calmly sank the 25-footer for a fist pumping birdie. He was so nervous that he did not even watch DJ attempt to force another hole. So he did not see Johnson pull his putt 2 inches left of the hole. Hahn had his first PGA Tour win!
“Hats off to James, making a long putt like that,” Johnson said. “I played with him all day, so I knew he was rolling the putter really well.”(AP)
Right after the win Hahn was talking about the fact that his wife was expecting their first child in about 3 weeks. They have not picked a name yet.
“I’m going to have to talk to my wife about ‘Riviera.’ I think that’s a good name,” Hahn said.(AP)
Sounds good to us too James. Congrats on the big win!! See you in Augusta!!
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