PGA Tour rookie goes 'Gangnam Style' at TPC Scottsdale's par-3 16th
In case you live under a rock -- which isn't likely the case if you're reading this -- you know that there's no bigger party in professional golf than on the par-3 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale. The atmosphere is that of a frat party. If you think a good shot is going to be greeted with a slow, "golf-clap," here, you're going to be extremely disappointed. This is the PGA Tour's version of Animal House.
Players that simply hit the green are given the loudest standing ovation they'll hear all year. Players that miss the green... well, they get rained upon with boos.
Over the years, No. 16 has gone from hectic to downright chaos -- the good, fun kind. Players have embraced it, endearing themselves to fans with various antics, whether it be handing out free hats, sunglasses (which Hunter Mahan did on Saturday), or actually getting on a microphone and singing like half of the golf, boy-band, "The Golf Boys" Bubba Watson and Ben Crane did after hitting their respective tee shots in 2012. The fans eat it up.
Sunday was no exception. And, if you didn't know who James Hahn was before Sunday, chances are you do now.
Hahn, a 31-year-old rookie on the PGA Tour, shot a magnificent round of 9-under 62 in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday to jump from a tie for 42nd after 54 holes to a tie for 16th. Remarkably, it was Hahn's second, final-round 62 of the season, matching the mark he had at the Humana Challenge a few weeks back, where he tied for fourth.
On Sunday, Hahn made five birdies over his final six holes to leapfrog loads of players. But, it was one birdie in particular that will live in Phoenix Open lore for years to come.
With a revved up crowd packed into the totally enclosed par-3 16th at TPC Scottsdale, Hahn electrified the spectators by holing a 19-foot birdie putt. To celebrate, Hahn -- who was born in South Korea -- paid tribute to South Korean rapper Psy, who became famous worldwide in 2012 for his smash hit and accompanying dance, "Gangnam Style."
As soon as Hahn's putt dropped, he put the putter down and did the 'Gangnam Style' dance. Whether you like the song/dance or not, you have to admit -- Hahn did a darned good job!
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