Jordan Hahn

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — There weren't many scorecards cleaner than Jordan Hahn's during Saturday's final round of the 103rd Southwestern Amateur.

Unfortunately, he came up two circles shy in his bid to win the event.

Hahn birdied his first hole, rattled off 13 pars in a row, bogeyed No. 15 and then finished par-par-par for an even-par 70. That left him with a 72-hole total of 10-under-par 270, two shots out of the playoff Auburn sophomore Wells Padgett won in a two-hole playoff over Arizona State's Jino Sohn.

The three staged an epic battle over the first 14 holes with the lead changed hands several times. Hahn fell out of contention when he tried to reach the 548-yard, par-5 15th hole in two, leading to his lone bogey and falling one stroke back. Padgett and Sohn birdied the par-5 18th; Hahn made par.

“I had 235 yards to the pin, and hit a five iron just a little skinny,” Hahn said of his approach on No. 15. “It was right on line, but in the end that probably ended my chances, as Jino and Wells were playing awfully well.”

Padgett birdied the second playoff hole to outlast Sohn, the 2017 champion in one of the tournament’s most dramatic finishes.

Padgett (66-68-66-68-268) and Sohn (67-68-67-66-268) finished regulation play deadlocked at 12-under-par 268 after participating in a three-way duel for most of the day with Jordan Hahn (66-67-67-70-270), who shared the lead at 10-under with Padgett.  Sean Carlon (70-67-69-65-271) of Albuquerque, N.M. finished fourth, three shots behind the leaders.

Sohn, who started the day two shots behind the co-leaders, had a chance to successfully defend his 2017 Southwestern title on the first playoff hole, when he reached the 511-yard, par-5 18th hole in two. Facing a 70-foot eagle putt, he left the ball five feet below the hole, and then missed his birdie putt to extend the playoff.

Playing the 18th for the third time within a 30-minute span, Padgett seized the moment by hitting a perfect drive and reaching the green from 220 yards with a four iron. His 70-foot eagle putt came up four inches short for an easy birdie, while Sohn hit his second shot into a bush that resulted in a layup that resulted in a two-putt par.

Padgett, a member of the 2018 Southeastern Conference all-freshman team, said the victory “is certainly the biggest individual title of my career,” but not as big as Auburn winning this year’s SEC championship in which he made the winning putt.

Reflecting on his four-iron second shot on the second playoff hole, Padgett said, “I thought about laying up, but then I told myself that I didn’t fly here to finish second. I wanted to stay aggressive all day long and thought I needed to shoot 67 today to win the tournament. As it turned out, that was exactly the score I needed, but I came up one short and had to go to the playoff.”

The field of 88 players played under cloudy skies all day with a persistent drizzle most of the morning and several showers. The second hole of the playoff was played in a heavy downpour.

With the win, Padgett joins some illustrious past Southwestern Amateur champions, including Mark O’Meara (1980), Corey Pavin (1981), Tom Pernice, Jr. (1982), and current PGA Tour stars Ryan Palmer (1999), Nick Watney (2002), Kevin Dougherty (2012) and J.T. Poston (2013).




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 86GARDNER, GEORGE
 
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