LOS ANGELES – James Hahn was born in South Korea, but should he make this year’s Presidents Cup in that country, he wouldn’t be playing for the home team.
“I would play for the U.S. side, which means I have absolutely no chance of making the team,” said the Northern Trust Open champion. “I need to win like 10 of these.”
Even though he wasn’t born in the U.S., Hahn was born a U.S. citizen who grew up in Northern California.
“I kind of say it to kids who don't understand, I always say it like this: If your parents were vacationing in Jamaica and you were born in Jamaica, would you be Jamaican? And they are like, ‘Yeah.’ I was like, ‘No, you would not be.’ So I'm the same way. So I'm American.”
Not that playing in the event in South Korea wouldn’t be especially meaningful.
“Other than winning this golf tournament and my child,” he said, “it would be the third‑best thing that ever happened to me.”