Height: 6 ft 1 in
Born: November 2, 1981
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
College: University of California Berkeley
Turned Pro: 2003
Sponsors: Travis Mathew
James Hahn took the long road to the PGA Tour. Turning professional out of college, Hahn played on the Korea Tour, the Canadian Tour and the Gateway Tour before finally becoming a member of the Nationwide Tour (now called the Web.com Tour). Along the way, he worked part-time as a shoe salesman.
In 2010, his first year on the Web.com Tour, Hahn finished 29th on the money list. In 2012, Hahn collected his first win on the Web.com Tour at the Rex Hospital Open. Less than 24 hours later, after a whirlwind trip, Hahn made it through sectional qualifying to earn a spot in the 2012 U.S. Open, his first professional Major.
Hahn finished 98th on the PGA Tour money list in 2013. In 2014, he fell to 123rd. His fortunes took a turn in 2015 as he broke through and earned his first million pay check in early 2015 when he took home the winner’s purse of $1.2 million.
Hahn earned his first PGA Tour victory in February 2015 when he defeated Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson in a playoff to win the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club. The win earned him a spot in all four Major tournaments. Hahn missed the cut at the Masters.
He will get three more cracks to make the cut in his first Major later this summer at the U.S. Open, the Open Championship and the PGA Championship.
Outside of golf, Hahn enjoys rooting for the Oakland Athletics in Major League Baseball. His lucky charm is a car-wash token he uses for a ball marker.
Hahn’s win at Northern Trust was a timely one as he and his wife became parents to their first child, a daughter, a week after his victory in Los Angeles.