Hahn had a 10-under 132 total on TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course to enter the weekend a stroke ahead of Rickie Fowler and Danny Lee. Fowler birdied his final hole for a 68, and Lee had a 66.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — James Hahn shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 in breezy conditions Friday to take the lead in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Hahn had a 10-under 132 total on TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course to enter the weekend a stroke ahead of Rickie Fowler and Danny Lee. Fowler birdied his final hole for a 68, and Lee had a 66.

“I’m having fun out there,” Hahn said. “Making a lot of putts, hitting a lot of fairways, giving myself many opportunities to make birdie.”

An estimated 160,415 fans, not counting a large bobcat that sauntered between the first and second holes in the afternoon, packed the grounds. The crowd broke the Friday record of 123,674 set in 2014 and was the 10th-largest figure for any day in tournament history.

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Hahn is at home at golf’s biggest party, becoming an internet sensation in 2013 when he celebrated a birdie on the rowdy par-3 16th with a “Gangnam Style” dance. He won his first PGA Tour title last year in a playoff at Riviera.

“It’s the one week out of the year where you’re allowed to do anything you want and not get fined,” Hahn said. “It’s good for golf, good for the game, good for the fans that come out here. They support the golf tournament, so might as well give them a show.”

Fowler rebounded from a three-putt bogey on the short par-4 17th with the birdie on the par-4 18th. A day after driving into the left-side water, he hammered a fairway wood down the middle and — with music thumping in the background — hit his approach to 4 feet.

“It wasn’t playing easy,” Fowler said. “The wind was kind of blowing from an awkward position.”

Lee birdied five of his first eight holes, highlighted by a 20-footer on the stadium 16th.

“Wind was definitely in play today,” Lee said. “It was a little bit different than yesterday. The greens being so firm, you’re kind of forced to hit driver. You want to hit a shorter club on the second shot.”

Bubba Watson shot his second straight 69. Two days after criticizing the renovated course and saying he was only playing the tournament out of loyalty to his sponsors, he apologized.

“I used the wrong words,” Watson said. “I didn’t explain myself well. My wife says that, too, when I go home. I don’t communicate very well.”

Ryan Moore (71) from Puyallup and Kyle Stanley (70) of Gig Harbor are tied for 21st at 1 under. Former Husky Nick Taylor (69) is tied for 61st at 1 under.


Lydia Ko hit the ball only 22 times in a span of 11 hours Friday in the Coates Golf Championship in Ocala, Fla., and finished where she started — with a share of the lead, and still a long way from the finish line.

Ko three-putted from 15 feet for a bogey to finish the rain-delayed second round in the morning. In the afternoon, she made one birdie in six holes to get back to 7-under par and share the lead with Ha Na Jang, who played 24 holes Friday.

None of the 75 players who made the cut finished the third round.

Former Husky Sadena Parks missed the cut.

• Former major champions Corey Pavin and Todd Hamilton shot 6-under 66s in blustery conditions to share the first-round lead in the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla.

Pullman High graduate Kirk Triplett is tied for fifth after a 68.

Ernie Els surged into contention at the Dubai Desert Classic, while Rory McIlroy struggled just to make the cut.

Els, who has dropped to 205th in the world, shot a 5-under 67 to move to within one shot of the lead at the halfway stage of a tournament he has won three times.

Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello shot his second consecutive 67 to grab a one-stroke lead heading into the weekend.

Defending champion McIlroy shot a 72 to finish at 4-under 140 after two rounds, six shots behind.