CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA | James Hahn knows he can sell women’s shoes.
By his own description, he’s a natural at it.
A decade ago when Hahn was so frustrated by his golf game that he had given an advertising career a try and decided that wasn’t for him, he found himself selling women’s shoes at a Nordstrom in a wealthy California neighborhood.
Pumps, stilettos, two-inch heels, Hahn speaks that language fluently.
“It was easy for me,” Hahn said Sunday evening, reminiscing in the glow of having just won the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in a playoff over Roberto Castro.
“There are things you say to women when they put on shoes. ‘They look good on you. … There’s no reason for them not to buy them.’”
Often, Hahn would send his shoppers home with three or four pair at time, most of them costing $250 a pair or more.
But when golf is in your blood, spending weekends in a mall doesn’t cut it.
Even when Hahn found himself walking through a dark place, having missed eight consecutive cuts when he arrived at Quail Hollow, he kept searching for a way out.
He found it suddenly in the curious way golf can instantly give back what seemed lost forever. On Mother’s Day, with his wife, Stephanie and 14-month old daughter Kailee having flown in from Phoenix Saturday night, Hahn won a tournament that could have been won by any one of a handful of A-listers.
It’s almost inexplicable that Hahn and Castro, whose career was in full idle mode, found themselves in a sudden-death playoff while Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler were left to live with what might have been.
They are stars because they win tournaments and each of the four could have won at Quail Hollow. ….. READ FULL ARTICLE