Monday, May 9

James Hahn: 'I Am Good Enough and Belong Out There'


That, friends, is James Hahn's last nine starts on the PGA Tour. Yes, eight straight missed cuts, and then victory, in a sudden-death playoff. It happened yesterday at Quail Hollow Club in the Wells Fargo Championship. Hahn finished 9 under along with Robert Castro, and then edged Castro with a par on the first hole of the playoff.

It was Hahn's second PGA Tour title, his first coming at the 2015 Northern Trust Open at Riviera.

''You have to keep believing in yourself and keep grinding," Hahn said. "I constantly remind myself that I am good enough and belong out there."

A former shoe salesman, Hahn didn't want to go back to the Tour. He won't have to. The victory was good for $1.3 million and two more years on the PGA Tour.

Castro was philosophical about his near win.

''Sure it hurts to let this tournament specifically slip away," he said, "but there are 154 guys that didn't have a chance in that playoff and I feel grateful to have had a chance.''

Next up is the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

1 comment:

NickF said...

I'm not sure how solid your self belief would need to be to still think you could win after eight missed cuts. You would have to have some sort of mental strength to close out on the Sunday.

Be interesting to see what happens next. It is always nice to think that this is something that will help him turn the corner.