James Hahn proved that never giving up and believing in your goals can work when he won the 2016 version of the Wells Fargo Championship. He came to Quail Hollow Club having missed eight consecutive cuts on the PGA TOUR. But thanks to support from his wife, his caddie and some deep soul-searching within himself, the lowly and often lonely streak ended.
During the final round, Justin Rose was in the mix, either within a shot or tied for the lead before finishing third at 8 under after an inconsistent putting performance gave him a 1 under 71 on Sunday. Four players tied for fourth at 7 under, including Phil Mickelson, two-time winner Rory McIlroy, 2012 champion Rickie Fowler and Andrew Loupe.
Fowler started the final round in the lead which he quickly lost with a bogey on the first hole, another on No.5 and a double-bogey on the par-seventh.
"I didn't get out of the gate swinging well off the tee, kind of fought that a little bit through the round," Fowler said. "It's disappointing knowing where my game was at coming into (Sunday). I felt really good about being in the final group and getting the job done."
Meanwhile, Hahn, like all golfers playing at the highest level, will continue to move forward.
"It's something that I look in my daughter's eyes and say, hey, I can't give up on you, I have to do this," Hahn said. "So having family like that, my wife supporting me, it really gives me that extra fire to keep going."
Note: James Hahn won the tournament with a par on the first extra hole (No.18) in a playoff with Roberto Castro
Since the tournament’s inception in 2003, the Wells Fargo Championship has annually offered one of the largest purses on the PGA TOUR. This year, players competed for a total purse of $7.3 million.
This year’s champion, James Hahn, earned $1,314,000. It was his fourth start in the tournament and the third time he has made the cut, giving him a career total of $1,343,603 in earnings at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Two-time champion Rory McIlroy improved his lead on the all-time tournament money list thanks to his T4 finish this year. McIlroy, who has played here seven times, has earned $3,656,054. Phil Mickelson, who holds the record for the most top-ten finishes in tournament history with nine, moved from third to second on the money list with his T4 finish. Mickelson, the only non-winner of the tournament among the top ten on the all-time money list, has earned $3,221,117.