Hahn beats Castro in playoff for second PGA Tour victory

Sun May 8, 2016 7:33pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Former shoe salesman James Hahn put his best foot forward to win the Wells Fargo Championship in a playoff against fellow American Roberto Castro in North Carolina on Sunday.

South Korean-born Hahn, who had missed the cut in his previous eight starts, broke out of his slump in style, sinking a four-foot par putt to win at the first extra hole.

Castro made Hahn's task considerably easier by pulling his drive into the creek left of the fairway.

Hahn, 34, said he had started to question his future after his recent run of poor form.

"Eight straights missed cuts is tough," he said in a greenside interview as his voice cracked with emotion.

"You start questioning yourself, are you good enough? Will it ever happen again? And then you start thinking into the future, as far as selling shoes again for a living.

"It’s crazy to call myself a two-time PGA Tour champion."

Hahn missed a six-foot par putt at the 72nd hole that would have won it in regulation. He then watched on a television monitor as Castro sank a par putt from a similar distance to send the event to a playoff.

Hahn (70) and Castro (71) finished regulation at nine-under-par 279, one shot in front of Englishman Justin Rose.   Continued...

 
May 8, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; James Hahn (USA) hits off the hard pan edge of the green on the sixth hole during the final round of the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports