Fun loving Hahn takes one-shot lead in Phoenix

Fri Feb 5, 2016 10:23pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona(Reuters) - James Hahn, renowned for his "Gangnam Style" moves at the TPC Scottsdale in 2013, used a fast start and solid finish to edge one shot clear after Friday's second round of the Phoenix Open at the same venue.

The 34-year-old, who was born in South Korea but educated in the United States and now lives close to the Scottsdale layout, fired a flawless 65 to post a 10-under halfway total of 132 in front of an announced record Friday attendance of more than 160,000 fans.

Bidding for his second PGA Tour victory, Hahn birdied three of his first six holes and three of the last eight to end a sunny day in the Arizona desert one ahead of American world number four Rickie Fowler (68) and New Zealand's Danny Lee (66).

Japanese Hideki Matsuyama (70) and Irishman Shane Lowry (70), joint leaders with Fowler after the weather-delayed opening round, were a further two shots back in a tie for fourth with American Harris English (67).

Enjoyment was the watchword for Hahn, who claimed his first PGA Tour title in a three-way playoff for last year's Northern Trust Open, as he totaled only 25 putts in breezy conditions to take over at the top.

"Fun, I'm having fun out there," a smiling Hahn told reporters. "I'm making a lot of putts, hitting a lot of fairways, giving myself many opportunities to make birdie.

"And I'm sleeping in my own bed this week. I live about 10 minutes away from here. I'm looking forward to a good weekend."

Hahn has always enjoyed having fun and became a YouTube sensation three years ago when he followed a final-round birdie on the raucous par-three 16th hole at the Phoenix Open with his rendition of the "Gangnam Style" dance.   Continued...

James Hahn putts on the 8th green during the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament at TPC Scottsdale. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports