James Hahn’s story is straight out of Hollywood. Just a little less than a decade ago, Hahn was selling shoes at Nordstrom’s. Now, he’s a PGA Tour winner, after beating two stars — or at least two more well-known players — Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey in a playoff on the third extra hole at Riviera.
Hahn remembered a subtlety in the break of a 25-foot putt on the par-3 no. 14 and he drained it for birdie. He shook his fist in the air several times, but Johnson, who had hit it closer, still had yet to give his attempt a go. Hahn couldn’t watch when Johnson stepped up to the putt. However, after Johnson missed, Hahn had snagged his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Northern Trust Open.