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Hahn earns playoff win at Rex Hospital Open



Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - James Hahn birdied the second playoff hole Sunday to beat Scott Parel and win the Rex Hospital Open.

The pair finished Sunday's round tied at 13-under par 271 after Hahn carded a four-under 67 and Parel shot a 68.

They went back to the 18th hole, where Parel had a birdie chance and missed the putt. Hahn saved par, and the duo went over to the tee at the par-five ninth at TPC Wakefield Plantation.

Hahn managed to birdie the hole despite a second shot that missed the green but stayed out of a creek near the hole. He chipped within a foot of the hole for an excellent birdie chance.

"I hit one of the worst shots I've hit all week and ended up getting really lucky," Hahn said. "Then I hit one of the best chip shots I've ever hit."

Parel laid up but was left with an 18-foot birdie putt, which he missed before tapping in for par. He parred the hole five times this week.

"Late in the day, greens a little slower," Parel said. "I just didn't hit it hard enough."

Hahn then drained his birdie putt to secure his first win on the Nationwide Tour.

"That was the longest one-foot putt I've ever had in my whole life," Hahn said.

Third-round leader B.J. Staten bogeyed the 17th hole to lose a chance to join the playoff. His one-over 72 left him in a share of third with Jin Park (67) and Jim Renner (71).

Hahn rose up the leaderboard thanks to a clean front nine that included three birdies. He made another at 11 to get to 13-under before giving that stroke back at the 12th. But he birdied the 13th before parring out.

Parel went through a similar stretch on his back nine, where birdies at 14 and 15 got him to minus-13. A bogey at 16 threatened to relegate him to second, but he birdied the following hole before parring the last.

The three players tied for third, on the other hand, were left in the cold.

Staten began the round with a one-stroke lead over Jim Renner, but struggled out of the gate and was constantly playing catch-up. After a bogey at the first, he birdied four, but stumbled to a double-bogey at seven.

After recovering those strokes with birdies at eight and nine, he bogeyed 10. A birdie at 16 put him back at 13-under, but he bogeyed the next hole to drop behind the leaders.

Renner had similar struggles, with a double-bogey, two bogeys and three birdies on his front nine. He was still a shot behind following his birdie at 15, but couldn't make another and stayed in second.

Park had played in an earlier group, and made five birdies. But a bogey at 11 was the mistake that ultimately kept him out of the playoff.

NOTES: Hahn earned $99,000 for the win. He won twice on the Canadian Tour in 2009...Next week the Nationwide Tour heads south of the border for the Mexico Open. Erik Compton was the winner last year.

06/03 20:57:48 ET


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