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SOLO SOLO Having outlasted England's Paul Casey, who was eliminated from the playoff one hole earlier, Hahn sized up a 25-foot putt on the third extra hole of the 2015 Northern Trust Open to slay Dustin Johnson, one of golf's giants. It was the stuff of which every golfer dreams about until he has to face it for real. With a gentle stroke he tapped the putt and watched it break 3 feet right to left. He erupted in a primal scream. And when Johnson couldn't answer, Hahn had outdueled a star-studded field to earn his first Tour victory. It sounds like a rejected Hollywood script except it's the real-life story of a self-taught Cal Bear product who sometimes can't believe he plays on Tour. Through- out his circuitous journey to the winner's circle, Hahn has been the epitome of perseverance: he's gone broke, had his heart broken not once but twice when he narrowly missed his Tour card, and sold women's shoes at two Northern California department stores before he struck it rich. Understandably, Hahn wished to bask in his break- through moment. He wanted to savor that $1.206 T he putt dropped. It always did in his dream. How many times had James Hahn canned a putt to win a PGA Tour event on the practice putting green as a kid growing up in Alameda? A thousand times, if not more. "I've always dreamt about playing on the PGA Tour since I was seven, eight years old," Hahn says. "There was no doubt in my mind that I would not only play on the PGA Tour, but also win." P R O F I L E Alameda's James Hahn took a circuitous path to becoming the first University of California-Berkeley alum to win on the PGA Tour, and he did it his way. BY ADAM SCHUPAK PHOTO BY ALLAN HENRY

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