Waste Management Phoenix Open: James Hahn Goes Gangnam Style

By Carl Conrad


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PGA Tour golfer James Hahn did everything in his power to obliterate the stereotype that golfers are stuck-up and pretentious. How could he possibly do that, you ask? Well, he busted out the Gangnam Style dance on the 16th green. And, if you ask me, he did a pretty good job, too.

Ok, so the par 3, 16th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which takes place at TPC Scottsdale isn’t exactly your normal professional golf hole. While the hole itself is a pretty straightforward par 3, this particular hole is completely enclosed by an arena that can hold in excess of 10,000 screaming fans. These fans hoot and holler while the golfers are in mid-swing, which is not allowed at just about every hole at every other event on tour. Fans boo (loudly) when someone hits a poor shot and cheer (loudly) when someone sticks it close to the pin.

There’s also the tradition of caddies racing each other from tee to green. Sometimes the golfers themselves even get in on the action. The fans that surround this hole regularly receive swag thrown into the stands by the golfers, which ranges from hats to golf balls to Oakley ski goggles (still confused about this one, Bubba Watson).

So, for all of the unconventional things that happen at the 16th hole, seeing Hahn break down the Gangnam Style dance for the whole world to see wasn’t as off the wall as it may seem. While it was certainly a surprise, his dance moves seem to be a big a hit. I wouldn’t suggest he try doing that at The Masters, however.

The only problem for Hahn is that now he has to figure out how to top his antics next year, because the crowd will definitely be looking for something spectacular.


Carl Conrad is the Golf Network Manager for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google

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