NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — James Hahn missed an opportunity to shoot the thirteenth sub-60 spherical in PGA Tour historical past Saturday. He settled for a 12-under 60 and an opportunity to win Barbasol Championship.
Eight strokes again getting into the day, Hahn had two eagles within the career-best spherical to maneuver inside two strokes of chief J.T. Poston at Keene Hint.
“To return up one brief stings slightly bit,” Hahn stated.
Hahn’s 132-yard method on the par-4 18th spun again, leaving a 35-foot putt that he missed to the fitting – a couple of minutes earlier than second-round chief Poston teed off.
“I assumed it was actually good, I assumed I had an ideal quantity,” Hahn stated. “Balls weren’t spinning again in any respect all day, so I assumed it is pin excessive. I had no thought it was going to spin again 20 ft.”
Jim Furyk set the tour file with a 58 within the 2016 Vacationers Championship and in addition is certainly one of 11 gamers to shoot 59.
Hahn chipped in for eagle on the par-5 fifteenth to get to 11 below and made a 6 1/2 birdie putt on the par-3 seventeenth.
“After I appeared on the leaderboard, it stated that I used to be 11 below and I might swear I used to be 10,” Hahn stated. “I had no thought what I used to be capturing at that time, I needed to double-check the scorecard and that was type of the “Oh, boy” second. Yeah, then you definately begin pondering loopy issues coming down the stretch, however I pulled it collectively.”
Poston had a bogey-free 66 to get to 19-under 197. He received the 2019 Wyndham Championship for his lone tour title.
“It was one other good one, bogey-free, which is all the time good round right here,” Poston stated. “By no means wish to give any again when all people’s making some birdies.”
Luke List was a stroke again after a 65. He is winless on the tour.
“I’ll lean on my ball-striking,” Listing stated. “I have been putting it very well the previous few days. If I can gap a number of putts, I will be proper there.”
Due to moist circumstances the gamers have been allowed to make use of most well-liked lies.
The 39-year-old Hahn made a 5-foot eagle putt on the par-5 fifth, and has 4 eagles within the first three rounds. His two PGA Tour victories got here on demanding programs within the 2015 Northern Belief at Riviera and 2016 Wells Fargo at Quail Hole.
He turned to a neighborhood caddie at Keene Hint after parting methods together with his standard lopper.
“A pair weeks in the past my caddie truly left me, so I used to be looking round for a caddie,” Hahn stated. “This week I used to be lucky sufficient to have a neighborhood man that is aware of the golf course. His title is Joe Muschong and he is helped me out lots this week and stored me cool all through the spherical.”
Hahn additionally modified his placing routine.
“Earlier within the week I used to be type of messing round with completely different follow routines with my placing stroke,” Hahn stated. “Yesterday, truly, I modified my routine, determined to not take any extra follow strokes on the ball. That freed me up slightly bit, however had no thought I used to be going to shoot like that right this moment.”
Joseph Bramlett had a 67 to hitch Hahn at 17 below.
Defending champion Jim Herman was 14 below after a 65. He received in 2019, and the occasion was canceled final 12 months.