2016 Wells Fargo Championship Roundup

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The final leaderboard for the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina is in. On Mother’s Day, James Hahn defeated runner-up Roberto Castro in a sudden-death playoff to win for the second time on the PGA Tour. This marks the third time in five years the tournament at Quail Hollow was decided in a playoff. Below is the truncated top-10 leaderboard:

(1) James Hahn (-9)
(2) Roberto Castro (-9)
(3) Justin Rose (-8)
(T4) Phil Mickelson (-7)
(T4) Rory McIlroy (-7)
(T4) Andrew Loupe (-7)
(T4) Rickie Fowler (-7)
(8) Lucas Glover (-6)
(T9) Danny Lee (-5)
(T9) Fabian Gomez (-5)

Here are my thoughts on the champion and some notables near the top of the leaderboard:

Winner: James Hahn (-9) – This is Hahn’s second win on Tour, the last one being at the 2015 Northern Trust Open which he also won in a playoff. Here’s a pretty startling statistic for you: prior to this week Hahn missed eight straight cuts in his previous starts from the AT&T Pro-Am through to the Zurich Classic. Yes, his current form has been non-existent. Previous finishes at the Wells Fargo for Hahn include a 73rd in 2015, missed cut in 2014 and T50 in 2013 — no course form to speak of, but then again Hahn has never come across as a particularly consistent player. His best finish in the 2015-2016 season aside from this week was a solo-6th at the CIMB Classic last November. Whether or not he can carry his winning form over to the tournaments in the coming weeks is totally up in the air. Regardless, this is an amazing gift he can share with his mom and his family for Mother’s Day.

Final round: 3 birdies, 3 bogeys and an eagle for a 2-under 70. He missed a 6-footer for par on the last which would have resulted in him winning outright, but he was still able to close the deal on the first playoff hole. Scores in regulation: 70, 71, 68, 70 (279). Playoff results: 4 (Win)

Roberto Castro (-9) – 30-year old Castro, who hasn’t yet won on Tour, is someone who has had several close calls in recent years. I recall him being an early factor at the 2013 Players where he shot an opening-round 63. 2013 was his best year — a solo second at the AT&T National and three more top-10s including two at playoff events. Interestingly, he did well at the 2014 Wells Fargo with a T8 among a slew of missed cuts, so it does seem to appear that Quail Hollow meshes with his game in one way or another; although, he did finish outside the top 30 in 2013 and 2012. As for his current form, Castro hasn’t done better than T27 in his past 7 starts. He finished T4 at the Sanderson Farms in November and T8 at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but other than that and this week he’s had a pretty poor season. It’s very possible that we’ll see him near the top of a leaderboard again in the near future, but he hasn’t proven to be consistent enough to warrant any confident prediction.

Final round: 4 birdies and 3 bogeys for a 1-under 71. His two consecutive birdies on 14 and 15 were immediately followed by two consecutive bogeys on 16 and 17. He had to make a 6-footer for par on 18 to get into the playoff. Scores in regulation: 71, 66, 71, 71 (279). Playoff results: 5 (Eliminated)

Have any congratulations for James, or any other thoughts about the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship?  Leave a comment below!

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