[Weekender] China’s rising clout in Korea

Hahn’s dance becomes a hit

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Published : 2013-02-07 20:31
Updated : 2013-02-07 20:31

James Hahn (AFP-Yonhap News)
PEBBLE BEACH, California (AFP) ― James Hahn, a Korean-American rookie on the PGA Tour, has become a YouTube hit ahead of the Pebble Beach National Pro Am after his “Gangnam Style” celebration dance of a Sunday birdie.

The 31-year-old, born in Seoul, fired a final-round 62 to share 16th place last week at the Phoenix Open but his birdie dance at the 16th, a grandstand-surrounded hole where rowdy spectators cheer and boo the results of tee shots, stole the show. “I can’t believe that I did that,” Hahn said. “I was having so much fun.

“It’s a unique venue. I’ve never heard anything like that before. And to be embraced by the crowd ― they actually gave me a nickname. They called me the Asian Brad Pitt. I can’t make this stuff up.

“It was fun to be a part of the environment, the experience. On Saturday, made double-bogey and I got booed for the first time and I actually loved it.”

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