PGA Tour Phoenix

June 9, 2019


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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - James Hahn shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 in breezy conditions Friday to take the lead in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Hahn had a 10-under 132 total on TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course to enter the weekend a stroke ahead of Rickie Fowler and Danny Lee. Fowler birdied his final hole for a 68, and Lee had a 66.

"I'm having fun out there, " Hahn said. "Making a lot of putts, hitting a lot of fairways, giving myself many opportunities to make birdie."

An estimated 160, 415 fans, not counting a large bobcat that sauntered between the first and second holes in the afternoon, packed the grounds. The crowd broke the Friday record of 123, 674 set in 2014 and was the 10th-largest figure for any day in tournament history.

Hahn is at home at golf biggest party, becoming an internet sensation in 2013 when he celebrated a birdie on the rowdy par-3 16th with a "Gangnam Style" dance. He won his first PGA TOUR title last year in a playoff at Riviera.

"It's good for golf, good for the game, good for the fans that come out here, " Hahn said. "They support the golf tournament, so might as well give them a show."

Hahn opened with a chip-in birdie on the par-4 10th and birdied the two back-nine par 5s, making a 30-footer on the 13th and hitting a wedge to 7 feet on the 15th. On his final nine, he hit a wedge to 3 feet to set up a birdie on the par-4 second, chipped to 3 feet for another birdie on the par-5 third, and took the outright lead with a 10-footer on the par-4 sixth.

"Sleeping in my own bed this week, live about 10 minutes away, " Hahn said. "I have played this course a hundred times. The only thing different about the course today, as any other day, is the greens are better."

Fowler rebounded from a three-putt bogey on the short par-4 17th with the birdie on the par-4 18th. A day after driving into the left-side water, he hammered a fairway wood down the middle and - with music thumping in the background - hit his approach to 4 feet.

Source: www.pgatour.com
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