Nationwide Power Rankings: Mexico Opentext sizeJune 04, 2012
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
Finally breaking through to get that first Nationwide Tour win was a very big deal to veteran James Hahn on Sunday.
Hahn became the 10th different winner on tour this season, and the very talkative Hahn was nearly speechless after he beat Scott Parel in playoff.
"This week is probably one of the best weeks I've ever had in my life," he said. "It's been a long time since I won a golf tournament. To be out here and considered a Nationwide Tour champion, it definitely had a good ring to it."
The Nationwide Tour will roll on this week with stop in Leon, Mexico for the Mexico Open at the El Bosque Country Club.
Last year at this tournament one of the best feel-good stories of the year took place when two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton picked up a victory, giving him a spot on the 2012 PGA TOUR.
Power Rankings: Mexico Open Rank Player Comment James
It's hard to ignore that once the floodgates open with that first victory, there might be more wins to come. Hahn jumped for 26th to fifth on the Nationwide Tour money list and this time, he hopes to stay inside THE 25 for the rest of the season. Hahn is 17th in putting average and 25th in total driving. Jin
He is coming off his best finish since a tie for second at the 2010 Melwood Prince George's County Open. His tie for second at the Rex Hospital Open on Sunday jumped him up from 198th on the money list to 64th. He's only played in four tournaments this year, but now seems to be on the right track. Scott
Watch out for the sneaky veteran. The 47-year-old, who has 144 Nationwide Tour starts, lost in a playoff to Hahn after shooting all four rounds in the 60s at TPC Wakefield Plantation. Parel has three top-25 showings this season. He has risen all the way to 20th on the money list heading into Mexico. Will
After missing two straight cuts, Wilcox found a little something at the Rex Hospital Open, as he tied for sixth. He flourished on the weekend, firing rounds of 68-66. He'll also have some good memories this week in Mexico, because he finished third last season with rounds of 69-70-67-68. B.J.
For three rounds last week, he looked unbeatable, but struggled on Sunday with a 72 to wind up tied for third. He jumped from 65th on the money list to 31st, and has made six cuts while playing all 10 events this season. He's had no trouble finding the fairways this season, ranking 19th in accuracy and is eighth in putting average.
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