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The Shorty: Inexplicable Magic

James Hahn

It seems there’s no way to get even with golf. Even if you’re one of the best players in the world, our game is going to beat you way more than you beat it.

But some victories are better than others. James Hahn missed his last eight cuts on the PGA Tour before finding whatever it is you find that enables a tour player to not just make the cut but win on a demanding course against a world-class field. It’s absolutely inexplicable.

The last time Ariya Jutanugarn stood on the 72nd tee with the lead, she rope-hooked one into the water and lost the ANA Inspiration. On Sunday in Alabama the 20-year-old had to get the ball up and down on the final hole to win her first event on the LPGA Tour. It was on Mother’s Day and her mother sat behind the 18th green to watch the younger of her two LPGA daughters bring home the trophy.

Despite a tie for second at the Hero Indian Open, no one in his right mind would have picked Jeung-Hun Wang to win the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco. But the 20-year-old Wang made birdie at the 18th hole three times on Sunday, making improbable putts each time, to capture his maiden European Tour title.

It’s not likely that any of the three will win the next time they tee it up. Golf just doesn’t usually work that way. The tendency is to take some time to soak up the satisfaction of beating the best players who show up. And who could blame them? Winning simply doesn’t happen very often, no matter who you are. READ LATEST ISSUE



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