Island Golf Standout Starts at Sony Open

Island Golf Standout Starts at Sony Open

Alameda native James Hahn played his first Professional Golf Association (PGA) tournament of the year at the Sony Open Jan. 9 to 12. Hahn, 38, competed with more than 150 other PGA golfers in the tournament played at the Wai’alae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hahn did not make the cut and bowed out of the tournament on Friday, Jan. 10. 

Hahn looked like a lock to make the one-over-par 71 cut after shooting a one-under-par 69 in the first round. However, he shot a five-over 75 in the second round to finish with a four-over 144 after two rounds of play. 

The tournament started off great with Hahn shooting a birdie on the par-four first hole. He then bogeyed the par-four sixth hole. He rebounded with a birdie on the par-three fourth hole. He bogeyed on the 12th hole, but birdied on the 18th hole to finish with the one-under on day one.

Day two was a different story. He started on the back nine. He bogeyed three of the first five holes (11, 13 and 15), but birdied on the 12th and 18th holes. The front nine was where Hahn struggled. He bogeyed on holes one, three and four and double bogeyed on the second hole. He birdied eight, but it was not enough make the cut.

Cameron Smith of Australia beat Brandon Steele of the United States in a playoff, 5-4, to win the tournament. Both golfers shot 11-under par to advance to overtime.

Hahn will next compete in the American Express Open today at the PGA West Private Clubhouse & Golf Courses in La Quinta, Calif. Hahn is ranked 171st in the FedEx Cup.

Hahn was raised in Alameda and graduated from Alameda High. He also attended UC Berkeley.