For the first time in his professional career, Alameda resident James Hahn will be a member of the PGA Tour next season.
Hahn, a Cal graduate, was officially awarded a PGA Tour card after he took second place at this past week's Web.com Tour Championship in McKinney, Texas to finish fifth on the money list. The top 25 golfers on the Web.com money list earned PGA Tour cards.
Hahn, who won the Rex Hospital Open in North Carolina in early June, was No. 13 on the money list entering last week and was a virtual a lock to secure a PGA Tour card going into the last round of the Tour Championship. But he ended his season in style with a birdie on the 18th hole to finish alone in second and win $108,000.
"To be inside the top 25 and move up the ladder is a bonus but at the end of the day it's all about trophies," Hahn said after the third round on Oct. 27. "I believe that success is contagious and it would be nice to take home some hardware, some silverware or whatever ware it is this week and just build on it."
Hahn, whose 31st birthday is Friday, ended the season with $337,530 in earnings.
Hahn's birdie on the final hole also determined the fate of two players.
Adam Hadwin of Canada closed with a 65, getting up-and-down from behind the green on the par-5 18th at the TPC Craig Ranch for one last birdie. He was projected to go from No. 48 to No. 25 on the money list and earn his tour card if he stayed in a three-way tie for second with Hahn and Morgan Hoffman, who closed with a 64.
Hahn's second shot into the 18th went well right of the green and onto a cart path. He took a free drop, and then lofted a chip that stopped just inside three feet away. Hahn knocked in the short birdie putt to finish in second place by himself.
Hadwin, who would have made $74,667 for a three-way tie for second, earned $58,000 for his two-way tie for third. The difference was enough to allow Jim Herman to finish 25th on the money list.
The birdie was meaningful for Hahn, as his fifth-place finish on the money list improved his priority ranking going into next year. Casey Wittenberg won the Web.com Tour money list, meaning he is eligible for The Players Championship and has guaranteed status all year.
It was an up-and-down season for Hahn, who had five top 10 finishes on the Web.com Tour but also missed the cut in 10 of the 24 events he entered. He ranked 11th on tour in putting average (1.755 putts per hole) but was also 98th in driving accuracy, hitting 61.9 percent of fairways.
The 2013 PGA Tour season will begin for Hahn on Jan. 12 with the Sony Open in Hawaii.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.