Birdie binge propels Hahn to another 65


IRVING, Texas – This hasn’t exactly been a stellar season for James Hahn.

Until, possibly, now.

Hahn entered this week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship with just eight made cuts in 17 total starts. His share of 16th place at the Valero Texas Open ranks as his best finish – and the only one inside the top 25.

Through three rounds, though, Hahn is just one stroke behind co-leaders Louis Oosthuizen and Brendon Todd.

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“This year has been a struggle,” he admitted. “I feel like I've been grinding all year. Whether that makes me a better player or not, we'll find out. Lows are definitely lows on this Tour, and highs are definitely highs. I've had some lows early in the season. It feels good to be back on top.”

Hahn moved up the leaderboard on Saturday with his second consecutive 5-under 65, thanks to a late surge that saw five straight birdies on holes 12-16.

“It feels good to make one or even two in a row and then three in a row feels good and then it just kept going; it kind of fell into place.”