James Hahn made birdie on his third extra hole to best Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey in a three-man playoff and win the Northern Trust Open. Here’s what went down in the final leg of the West Coast Swing:
Leaderboard: Hahn (-6), Johnson (-6), Casey (-6), Sergio Garcia (-5), Jordan Spieth (-5), Keegan Bradley (-5), Hideki Matsuyama (-5), Sang-Moon Bae (-5)
What it means: The win is Hahn's first on the PGA Tour. After entering the week No. 297 in the world, Hahn is now qualified for this year's Masters. The 33-year-old former shoe salesman authored a 2-under 69 in regulation to make his way into the playoff with many-time winners Johnson and Casey. He earned his first victory by draining a birdie putt on the third extra hole, the par-3 14th, to eliminate Johnson and end up the last man standing on a rainy, difficult day at Riviera.
Best of the rest: After all three made par on the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th, Casey actually hit the best shot of anyone off the next tee, winding up hole-high in the fairway to the left of the 10th green. But after two superb flop shots from past the green and over the bunker, Hahn and Johnson moved on, leaving Casey, who failed to get up and down from Position A, out of the running. Johnson, meanwhile, missed a birdie putt of his own on 14 that would have tied Hahn and extended the playoff. This was only Johnson's third start in his return from a six-month leave of absence. His results through three weeks: MC, T-4, T-2.
Biggest disappointments: Through his first three rounds as your leader, Retief Goosen didn’t make a single double bogey. Unfortunately, he made two Sunday as part of a final-round 75. The 46-year-old, two-time major winner entered the round with a two-shot lead but finished the day two shots back. Separately, Garcia actually led by one shot with two holes to play but promptly bogeyed both the 17th and 18th to miss out on not only his ninth Tour victory but also a spot in the playoff. Finally, Spieth also entered the 18th hole 6 under par; like Garcia, a bogey kept him out of the playoff.
Round of the day: Blayne Barber posted the round of the tournament with a bogey-free, 6-under 65. Four of Barber’s six birdies came in a six-hole stretch from Nos. 8-13. The low number hopped him 33 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 12th at 3 under for the championship.
Shot of the day: Hahn holed a 57-footer from just off the front of the par-3 4th green for birdie early in the day. Every stroke counts, but that one seems unusually important in retrospect.
Quote of the day: "This is amazing. I have a little girl coming in three weeks, and, yeah, this is unbelievable. I never would have thought I would have won this tournament." - Hahn