James Hahn inspired by Stephen Curry in Northern Trust Open victory

James Hahn and Stephen Curry
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James Hahn got some inspiration from another high-profile Bay Area athlete en route to his victory in Los Angeles on Sunday.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Monday, February 23, 2015 | 7:24 p.m.
 
One of the weekend's great sport stories was James Hahn's surprise victory at the Northern Trust Open, where he outdueled Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey in sudden death for his first PGA Tour victory.
 
On Monday, Hahn took to Twitter to reveal that he was inspired by all-star guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. Hahn, we should point out, is a longtime Bay Area resident and former player at the University of California in Berkeley. 
 
 
Before his final round on Sunday, Hahn said, he wrote the words "Be Great" on the inside of his golf glove, which you can see down below. The inspirational message, he explained, was an idea he'd gotten from Curry – an avid golfer who we have written about a couple of times recently.
 
Hahn, whose rags to riches story – punctuated by his now-famous "Gangmam-style" dancewe detailed earlier today, began the final round in the hunt but surely not one of the favorites. Nevertheless, he spent part of Saturday night trying to get himself into a winning state of mind, then went out and shot his second straight 69 to finish regulation tied with Johnson and Casey.
 
 
Along with penning some inspiration on his glove, Hahn said, he "just told myself, 'I will putt great tomorrow. I will putt great tomorrow.' And I just kept saying it," he explained. "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."
 
Sure enough, he got off to a great start on the greens, and rode that to his first PGA Tour title. 
 
" I was like, wow, this stuff really works," he said with a laugh.