Jan
10
2014
VIDEO: James Hahn makes an albatross at the Sony Open
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

James Hahn achieved one of the rarest feats in golf on Friday during the second round of the Sony Open.

From the right rough on the par-5 9th at Waialae Country Club, Hahn hit a *perfect* second shot from 193 yards with a 6-iron, landing it just short of the green and letting it roll up to the pin and straight into the hole for an albatross (or double eagle — semantics). 

“I wanted to hit 7-iron, but I didn’t think it was going to fly, so I decided to chip a little 6-iron,” said Hahn following his two-under 68, five-under two-day total. “I had to carve it around a tree, so I knew if I faded it and picked it clean that it would be a pretty good number for me.

“A little into the breeze and as soon as I hit it and it came off perfect, and it landed I don’t know how many yards short of the green, but it landed short, took a perfect bounce, and then I saw it, it was like left edge the whole way, and then kind of broke right, and then it just disappeared and I just went crazy.”

Hahn and his caddie celebrated with a not-so-successful chest bump. (As you may recall, he has a knack for sweet reactions.)

“That was a little spontaneous, but I forgot that I’ve got to be politically correct, right, but white men can’t jump,” said Hahn, laughing. “I got a little air, (my caddie) didn’t. But it was fun, I don’t think he knew that I was going to chest bump him. But that’s just what I felt like at the time.”

It was the first albatross recorded at the Sony Open since 1978.

Hahn shot a first round three-under 67. He’s currently in a tie for fourth place at six-under total through 13 holes.