Hahn shoots 60 and draws within 2 at the Barbasol Championship | Sports news

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NICHOLASVILLE, Kentucky (AP) – James Hahn missed a chance to make the 13th U-60 round in PGA Tour history on Saturday. He settled on 12 under 60 and the chance to win the Barbasol championship.

Eight strokes back in the day, Hahn had two eagles on the best lap of his career to move within two strokes of leader JT Poston at Keene Trace.

“To dig a little more,” said Hahn.

Hahn’s 132-yard approach on the 18th par-4 turned back, leaving a 35-foot putt that he missed on the right-hand side minutes before the second-round leader tee off Poston.

“I thought it was really good, I thought I had a perfect start number,” said Hahn. “Balls didn’t turn back at all all day so I thought it was the size of a pin. Little did I know it would turn back 20 feet. “

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Jim Furyk set the tour record at 58 at the 2016 Travelers Championship and is also one of 11 players who shot 59.

Hahn campaigned for Eagle on par 5 15th to get 11 under and made a 6 1/2 birdie putt on par 3 17th.

“When I looked at the leaderboard, it said I was 11 years younger and I could swear I was 10,” said Hahn. “I had no idea what I was turning at the time, I had to double-check the scorecard and that was kind of an ‘oh boy’ moment. Yeah, then you start thinking about crazy things, but I brought it together. “

Poston had a bogey-free 66 to hit 19-under 197. He won the 2019 Wyndham Championship for his only Tour title.

Luke List was back with a stroke after being 65.

Due to the wet conditions, players were allowed to use preferred lies.

The 39-year-old Hahn made a five-foot eagle putt on the fifth par-5 and has four eagles in the first three rounds. His two PGA Tour wins came on challenging tracks at the Northern Trust in 2015 in Riviera and in 2016 in Wells Fargo in Quail Hollow.

He reached out to a local caddy at Keene Trace after parting with his usual pruning shears.

“My caddy actually left me a few weeks ago, so I was looking for a caddy,” said Hahn. “This week I was fortunate to have a local who knows the golf course. His name is Joe Muschong and he helped me a lot this week and kept me cool throughout the lap. “

Hahn also changed his putting routine.

“Earlier this week, I played around with various exercise routines on my putting stroke,” said Hahn. “Actually I changed my routine yesterday and decided not to do any more practice strokes on the ball. That freed me up a bit, but I had no idea that I would shoot like this today. “

Joseph Bramlett had a 67 to join Hahn when he was 17.

David Lingmerth (65) and Seamus Power (67) were 16 years old. Jason Dufner (65) was another blow back with Derek Ernst (66), David Hearn (67), Bo Hoag (67) and Ryan Armor (69).

Defending champion Jim Herman was 14 years old after 65 years. He won in 2019, and the event was canceled last year.

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