Alameda Golfer Finishes 70th in PGA Champs

Alameda Golfer Finishes 70th in PGA Champs


Alameda native James Hahn finished tied for 70th place at last weekend’s Pro Golf Association (PGA) Championship at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.

Hahn, 34, shot an overall three-over-par 283 over four rounds of play. He had his best day on the course in the opening round Thursday, July 28, when he posted a three-under-par 67. After shooting a bogey on the third hole, he finished the front nine with birdies on the fifth and ninth holes. He shot another bogey on the 13th hole, but shot three more birdies in the back nine including on the par-five 17th and 18th holes. His stellar round put him tied for fifth place after round one.

Hahn, an Alameda High School graduate, fell back several spots in the second round after posting a three-over 73. He started the round with bogeys on the first and second holes. He recovered with a birdie on 10, but bogeys on 11 and 17 erased the ground hemade up. He finished the round at even par after two rounds. Even though he had a rough second round, his even-par status put him well over the three-over cutline.  

Hahn shot even par in the third round, but was slowing, drifting away from the top of the leaderboard. He finished the third round tied for 46th place.

Hahn had a tough final round on July 31. He shot a four-over par on the front nine, which put him out of contention of the tournament. He finished the day three-over par for the round and tournament. He finished 17 strokes behind tournament champion Jimmy Walker. 

Hahn’s up-and-down play at the PGA Championship continues a rollercoaster 2016 season for the UC Berkeley graduate. Hahn started off the year with solid performances at the Sony Open in Hawaii on Jan. 17 (28th place) and the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Feb. 7 (17th place). However, he followed that with eight straight tournaments in which he missed the second-round cutline. Hahn told reporters he thought about retiring after missing his eighth-straight cut at the Zurich Classic on May 1. 

But Hahn quickly rallied with a victory the following week at the Wells Fargo Championship on May 8. He shot nine-under par and won on a playoff. Hahn has since made the cut on seven straight tournaments, three of them being majors (The U.S. Open on June 19, The Open Championship on July 17 and the PGA Championship.)

The PGA Championship is the fourth and final major of the year. It was moved up in the calendar due to the Olympics.