Hahn Makes Big Move On Nationwide
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA | Already sitting
just outside “The 25,” James Hahn began his
weekend knowing that a good showing at The
Rex Hospital Open could launch him to a much
stronger position among the Nationwide Tour’s
A healthy chunk of that work got done
through a mostly consistent weekend at TPC
Wakefield Plantation. Then Sunday, after two
playoff holes, Hahn had his first Nationwide
Tour win, as well.
The 30-year-old South Korean-born pro
Hahn was three shots back after a rain-delayed
birdied the par- 5 ninth hole for the champion-
ship, after he and Scott Parel both made par on
their first extra hole. For Hahn, who played col-
James Hahn won the Rex Hospital Open with a birdie on the second playoff hole.
legiately at California-Berkley, it brought his first
overall win since the 2009 Riviera Nayarit Classic
on the Canadian Tour, and netted him $99,000.
second round, and sat four back of B.J. Staten
after Saturday’s play. But three birdies on the first
five holes Sunday pushed him into contention, and
when Staten stumbled, Hahn was in a four-way tie
for the lead at 12 under after 13 holes.
He took the lead with a birdie on No. 14 to
get to 13 under, but was tied first by Staten
and then Parel after he had finished his round.
Staten bogeyed No. 17, leaving only Hahn and
Parel in the playoff.
Parel had an opportunity to win on the first
For Hahn, two earlier top- 10 finishes and a T12
playoff hole, but missed a 15-foot birdie put on
the par- 4 18th.
It was the second Nationwide tournament
in a row to go to a playoff, after Australian Nick
Flanagan outlasted countryman Cameron Percy
two weeks ago in South Carolina.
two weeks ago at the BMW Charity Pro-Am had
him at No. 26 on this year’s money-winning list,
with the top 25 at the end of the Nationwide sea-
son earning a PGA Tour card for the 2013 season.
With his season winnings now at $158,395,
Hahn leapt to No. 5 on the money list.
Since Skip Kendall won the season-opening
Colombia Championship in February, Hahn
became the ninth tournament winner in a row to
claim his first Nationwide victory in the process.
The tour heads south of the border next
weekend, for the Mexico Open at El Bosque Golf
Club in Leon, Mexico.
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