Hahn claims Wells Fargo Championship


James Hahn won the Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday after a thrilling final round to secure his second PGA title in a play-off.

Hahn and Roberto Castro finished above the rest of the field, tied on nine under overall after carding 70 and 71 respectively on their final rounds.

But it was Hahn who prevailed after just one extra hole in the play-off.

Castro got off to a terrible start when he struck his ball into the water off the tee on the 18th, before sending his recovery shot over the green and into the crowd.

His chip from just outside the green went close but narrowly missed, before Hahn missed a birdie opportunity from distance.

Castro sunk his next shot to make five, but Hahn was composed throughout and easily shot to make par and seal the title.

After failing to make eight consecutive cuts on the tour, victory came with plenty of emotion for Hahn.

"You just have to keep believing," he said through tears of joy after securing the title.

"Eight straight missed cuts is tough, not a lot of people can understand that.

"It's the most difficult part of what we do for a living, you start questioning yourself, 'are you good enough?'

"And you start thinking into the future and maybe having to go back to selling shoes for a living!

"But I like this. Winning can be a habit and I'd like to make it a habit. It's crazy to call myself a two-time PGA champion."

Superb rounds from Phil Mickelson and defending champion Rory McIlroy of six under proved too little, too late, as they finished tied for fourth, alongside overnight leader Rickie Fowler, who blew his chances with a two-over 74.

That high-profile trio and Andrew Loupe ended in a four-way tie for fourth, two strokes behind Hahn and Castro and one behind third-placed Justin Rose who carded one under to complete a solid week.

Jason Gore was another to show huge improvement, hitting seven under to record the best score of the round after hitting 11 over on Saturday.