A real-life shoe-in

Heard of Hahn?

Having missed the cut in his last 8 starts, James Hahn wasn’t on anyone’s radar heading into this week’s Wells Fargo Championship. It seems that Hahn finally found something that had been missing in his swing as he was able to capture his second career win in a playoff over Roberto Castro. The former shoe salesman blew his first chance to close out the tournament after 3-putting the 18th but redeemed himself by 2-putting from a nearly identical position in the playoff to win after Castro found the water and a shoe (literally, a shoe) on his way to a bogey. The win gives Hahn a reason to celebrate.

Stars fade...

Starting out on Sunday, two names stood out on the leaderboard, co-leader Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose just one shot back. Most expected one of the two to take home the title, but Fowler stumbled early, shooting a 3-over-par 39 on the front 9. Rose appeared to gain control of the tournament with a hot start, but surprisingly as the pressure mounted, it was Rose who faltered missing key putts down the stretch and not the less experienced Hahn or Castro, falling to a 3rd place finish.

The one that keeps getting away…

Despite a remarkable track record, none of Phil Mickelson’s 42 career PGA Tour wins have happened at the Wells Fargo. In his previous 12 appearances, Lefty had finished in the top 5 on 6 separate occasions. Saturday, it appeared that Mickelson was positioning himself for a potential victory before he made a snowman (8) on the 18th hole and fell out of contention to -1, 7 shots behind Fowler and Castro. Phil saved his best for last, firing a final-round 66 and a tie for 4th… yet another top 5.

Memorable moments

This week’s action provided golf fans with a couple entertaining situations... 

Jason Kokrak was finishing up his 2nd round at the 18th well outside the cut line. Kokrak missed his approach shot so badly that it ended up on the second floor of a hospitality tent. Rather than taking a free drop, Kokrak channeled his inner Happy Gilmore and decided to “play the ball as it lies.”

Zac Blair got a “head” start to TPC Sawgrass after he was disqualified for using an unconforming club during Friday’s second round. Blair missed a putt and hit himself over the head with his putter before tapping his remaining short putt in. What Blair didn’t realize until the next hole was that his putter bent when he hit his head, altering the club and making it illegal. Unfortunately, there is no video evidence to support this story. 

Up next…

The season’s 5th major and the best field of the year at TPC Sawgrass for this year’s Players Championship.

Long John’s premier

After turning 50 last week, John Daly made his inaugural start on the Champions Tour, breathing fresh air into a tour that so desperately needs it. Daly got off to a solid start in his debut, finishing in a tie for 17th

In the end, Jesper Parnevik (he still plays golf?) was able to win by 4 shots. And yes, Jesper still wears that weird hat…

Choker no more

Sundays have not been Ariya Jutanugarn’s favorite day. The young LPGA Tour star has struggled to close out late leads, entering this week’s Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic still searching for her first career win. Most recently, Jutanugarn struggled at the season’s first major, the ANA Inspiration, where she held the lead late on Sunday before finishing with a trio of bogeys to fall to Lydia Ko. 

This Sunday, Jutanugarn wouldn’t be denied, finally closing out her first title with her mother there to cheer her on.

Golf Course Photo Tour: Wolf Run Golf Club

One of the most unique and difficult designs we have ever encountered is Wolf Run Golf Club, just north of Indianapolis. Designed by Steve Smyers, Wolf Run is routed masterfully through hills and forces a player to be able to work the ball both ways. High handicappers beware, Wolf Run is not for the faint of heart. Almost every hole challenges players to execute a shot. If successful, you are rewarded. If not, par will be a tough task. Click here for a full photo tour.

Quick hooks

Wang tops Elvira for the Trophée Hassan II.

Johnny Miller suggests Tiger lower his expectations.

Still gettin’ dem insurance checks, former tour star Anthony Kim is spotted.

David Toms’ kid dominates the Louisiana State Championship. 

Talk about a nice start to a round.