The PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain, is hosting this week's final stage of European Tour Qualifying School. Q-School is always grueling, as players live and die with every shot seeing as every stroke taken could determine one's employment status for the next season. For some, tournament golf might not be in the cards.
For American John Hahn, who has decided to take his path to the top ranks of the game through Europe rather than the Web.com Tour in the U.S., Tuesday was huge.
Hahn entered the fourth round of European Tour Q-School 104th out of 150 players at 4-over par and in desperate need of a big move.
Well, the former Kent State golfer whose lone PGA Tour start was a missed cut in the 2013 U.S. Open, did just that, firing a record low score of 12-under 58.
That's right -- a 58! That "record" however is unofficial, seeing as the round was played with preferred lies.
Come on! We need a little more emotion than that after a birdie on the final hole for a 58!
At the time of this post Hahn, 25, had soared 90 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 14th as the result of his work. It was a big deal on many levels -- only the top 70 and ties after four rounds of European Tour Qualifying School make the cut for the final two rounds where the top 25 and ties earn their Tour cards for the 2015 Race to Dubai.
Hahn, 8 under through 72 holes, was five shots off the lead at the time of this post. Hahn's best career finish in 22 starts on the European Tour was a tie for third in February at the Africa Open.
Here's a look at Hahn's scorecard, which featured 12 birdies and no bogeys. Seven of those birdies came on the back nine, where Hahn fired a 28:
Hahn's stunning round understandably elicited some congratulatory tweets from other top players: