James Hahn, who made headlines over the weekend by holding off some of golf’s biggest stars to win the Wells Fargo Championship, will be a part of the field for The Greenbrier Classic this July.
Hahn, who once quit golf to sell shoes, picked up an unlikely victory Sunday in Charlotte, finishing 9-under-par for the 72-hole tournament, two strokes better than Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler. He then got the best of Roberto Castro in a sudden death playoff to earn his second PGA Tour victory. Hahn’s other win on golf’s main stage came in the 2015 Northern Trust Open.
The 34-year-old, who was born in Seoul, South Korea, and went to college at the University of California, is no stranger to The Greenbrier Classic. The 2016 Greenbrier Classic, which will be held July 4-10 on The Greenbrier’s Old White TPC Course, will be Hahn’s fourth straight.
A professional since 2003, Hahn finished tied for 41st at 3-under-par in his first Greenbrier Classic appearance in 2013. He made the initial cut in 2014 but failed to survive the secondary cut after a rough third round. Last summer, Hahn posted his best Greenbrier Classic performance. His 11-under-par score was good enough for a tie for sixth.
“He has been a regular at The Greenbrier Classic, and we’re thrilled to see him coming back again,” said Monte Ortel, executive tournament director, The Greenbrier Classic. “What he was able to accomplish at the Wells Fargo Classic was such a great story.”
Hahn isn’t the only player at the top of the Wells Fargo leaderboard planning on a trip to The Greenbrier Classic.
Castro, who narrowly missed out on his first PGA Tour win when he hit his tee shot into the water on the first playoff hole, has also committed to The Greenbrier Classic. This will be his fourth appearance in the annual PGA Tour, FedEXCup event. His best finish came in 2012, when he tied for seventh.
Andrew Loupe, who finished in a tie for fourth with those big names at 7-under at the Wells Fargo Classic, will also play in the 2016 Greenbrier Classic, as will 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover, who finished tied for eighth at Wells Fargo at 6-under. Danny Lee, the 2015 Greenbrier Classic champion who was tied for ninth at the Wells Fargo Championship, will be back to defend his title, and Fabian Gomez, who also tied for ninth, will compete in the 2016 Greenbrier Classic, as well.
“We’re excited to have commitments from so many golfers who are playing so well right now,” said Ortel. “The Greenbrier Classic has always been extremely competitive, and it’s definitely shaping up to be that way again.”
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