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James Hahn Defeats Dustin Johnson in Northern Trust Open Playoff
By Brendan Mohler
Monday, February 23, 2015

James Hahn’s putting performance at Riviera Country Club won him his first PGA Tour event, the Northern Trust Open, in a playoff over Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey.

The 33-year-old acknowledged as much in his press conference Sunday, saying that after his third round Saturday, he talked himself into a good putting performance ahead of the final round.

“I just told myself, ‘I will putt great tomorrow. I will putt great tomorrow.’ And I just kept saying that," Hahn said. "I was watching The Matrix yesterday and in between commercials I just kind of closed my eyes and I was like, ‘I’m going to putt great tomorrow, I will putt great tomorrow.’”

So if you’re looking for the secret to great putting, there it is.

Hahn needed only 22 putts during Sunday’s final round when he shot two-under 69. He took only four putts over the three-hole playoff, including a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-4 10th, and the game-winner, a 25-footer for birdie at the par-3 14th.

Hahn used an Odyssey White Hot Pro 2-Ball. He finished the event T10 in total putts with 107 (not including the playoff). Here’s a look at Hahn and his putter. The 2-Ball model has sold more 5 million models since its debut.

James Hahn and his Odyssey White Hot Pro 2-ball putter.
Getty/Todd Warshaw

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