Golf: Korea-born James Hahn takes one-shot lead in Phoenix Open

James Hahn lining up a putt during the second round of the Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on Feb 5.
James Hahn lining up a putt during the second round of the Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on Feb 5. PHOTO: AFP

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA (REUTERS) - James Hahn used a fast start and solid finish to edge one shot clear after Friday's second round of the Phoenix Open at the TPC Scottsdale.

The 34-year-old golfer, who was born in South Korea but educated in the United States and now lives close to the Scottsdale layout, fired a flawless 65 in ideal scoring conditions to post a 10-under total of 132.

Bidding for his second PGA Tour victory, he birdied three of his first six holes and three of the last eight to end a sun-kissed day in the Arizona desert one ahead of American world No. 4 Rickie Fowler (68) and New Zealand's Danny Lee (66).

Japanese Hideki Matsuyama (70) and Irishman Shane Lowry (70), joint leaders with Fowler after the weather-delayed opening round, were a further two shots back in a tie for fourth with American Harris English (67).