James Hahn in healthy place playing on major-medical exemption

LAS VEGAS – The good news? James Hahn is healthy enough to be playing on a major-medical exemption. The not-so-good news? He has to (...)

James Hahn in healthy place playing on major-medical exemption

LAS VEGAS – The good news?

James Hahn is healthy enough to be playing on a major-medical exemption.

The not-so-good news?

He has to deal with the pressure of playing on a major-medical exemption.

Hahn missed eight months in 2019 with an elbow injury and began the 2020-2021 season with 14 remaining on his major-medical exemption to retain his playing privileges.

He needed about 305 FedEx Cup points in those 14 starts. Doesn’t sound like much, right?

Well, you still have to produce and Hahn, who has won twice on the PGA Tour, has done just that so far with ties for ninth in the season-opener in the Safeway Open and sixth in the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. Those two results earned him 165 points.

A three-way tie for third or better this week would give him enough points to retain his full playing privileges.

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“It’s still the weirdest feeling because I’ve never been in this position before,” Hahn said. “But if you read Bob Rotella books, how you’re supposed to go in every golf tournament should be same. You’re trying to win. You’re here to compete.

“That’s what I’m doing. I’m competing.

“I’m not looking at how many points I need to keep my medical.”

But Hahn kept up his fine form of late with a 7-under-par 64 in Thursday’s first round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin. With six birdies and an eagle, Hahn sat in a tie for fourth, two shots behind pace-setter Bryson DeChambeau.

“Just enjoying life,” Hahn said after his round. “I feel like I’m happier. I’m eating healthier. Relationship with my family is really good; golf is really easy right now.

“I’m not sure if that has anything to do with it, but I feel like when I’m happy I’m playing some of my best golf. I’m really happy with how I played today. Didn’t hit a lot of the fairways, but maybe fix that tomorrow.”

James Hahn lines up his putt on the 18th hole during the first round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open golf tournament at TPC Summerlin. Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

As for his elbow – he had a partially torn triceps tendon – he’s back to feeling 100 percent and said there is zero pain.

“It’s really relieving to wake up in the morning and not feel any pain,” he said. “It just puts me in a better mood. Regardless of how I play, I feel healthy.”

Right now, Hahn isn’t thinking about the points he has to earn to get his card back. But it’s still in the back of his mind.

“I feel like when starts getting closer down to three, four, five starts, is when I’ll maybe start freaking out,” said Hahn, who added that would only happen if he hasn’t earned his playing privileges by then. “So if you want to talk to me a couple months from now.

“Right now I feel like I have 12 starts left. That should be plenty of starts for me to at least get off to a good start in this year’s FedEx Cup and put me in a good position to make the playoffs. Ultimately that’s what we’re all trying to do here is make the playoffs, make a run at the FedExCup, and try to win the big thing.”

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Shriners Hospitals for Children Open: Friday tee times, TV/streaming info

Some of golf’s best are returning this week for their first fall start since the U.S. Open last month. That includes big-hitting U.S. (...)

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open: Friday tee times, TV/streaming info

Some of golf’s best are returning this week for their first fall start since the U.S. Open last month. That includes big-hitting U.S. Open champ Bryson DeChambeau, who came in first at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas in 2018 and then followed it up with a fourth-place finish last year.

In all, the field includes eight of the top 15 players in the Golfweek/Sagarin Pro Rankings. Other notable players include Patrick Cantlay (who would make a good pick, if you’re still looking for one), Webb Simpson and Hideki Matsuyama. Young stars Matthew Wolff and Scottie Scheffler are teeing it up too.

After the first round, Bryson DeChambeau leads by one shot at 9 under. Austin Cook, Patrick Cantlay, Scott Harrington, Nate Lashley and Harold Varner III are T-2 at 8 under.

Check out second-round pairings and tee times below, and scroll down for TV and streaming information.

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All times are listed in Eastern.

Tee times

1st tee

Tee time Players
9:45 a.m. Hunter Mahan, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Bo Hoag
9:55 a.m. Nick Watney, Adam Schenk, Will Gordon
10:05 a.m. Fabian Gomez, Camilo Villegas, Scott Harrington
10:15 a.m. Max Homa, Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen
10:25 a.m. Nate Lashley, Francesco Molinari, William McGirt
10:35 a.m. Kevin Tway, Jason Dufner, Luke Donald
10:45 a.m. Richy Werenski, Satoshi Kodaira, Ted Potter Jr.
10:55 a.m. Ryan Palmer, Martin Trainer, Charles Howell III
11:05 a.m. John Huh, Cameron Tringale, Tom Hoge
11:15 a.m. Adam Hadwin, Scottie Scheffler, Xinjun Zhang
11:25 a.m. Matt Jones, Maverick McNealy, Kristoffer Ventura
11:35 a.m. Michael Gligic, Craig Hocknull, Matt Wilson
2:35 p.m. Kyle Stanley, Charl Schwartzel, Zac Blair
2:45 p.m. Brian Harman, Mark Hubbard, Matthew NeSmith
2:55 p.m. Chesson Hadley, Carlos Ortiz, Wyndham Clark
3:05 p.m. Bryson DeChambeau, Cameron Champ, Matthew Wolff
3:15 p.m. Collin Morikawa, Webb Simpson, Joaquin Niemann
3:25 p.m. Hudson Swafford, Paul Casey, Keegan Bradley
3:35 p.m. J.B. Holmes, Andrew Putnam, Aaron Wise
3:45 p.m. Troy Merritt, Brendan Steele, Greg Chalmers
3:55 p.m. Tyler Duncan, Dylan Frittelli, Pat Perez
4:05 p.m. Harris English, Harold Varner III, Henrik Norlander
4:15 p.m. Brian Gay, Denny McCarthy, Sam Burns
4:25 p.m. MJ Daffue, Will Zalatoris, Parker Coody

10th tee

Tee time Players
9:45 a.m. James Hahn, Scott Brown, Sean O’Hair
9:55 a.m. Charley Hoffman, Bo Van Pelt, Patrick Rodgers
10:05 a.m. Kevin Streelman, Martin Laird, Byeong Hun An
10:15 a.m. Kevin Na, Patrick Cantlay, Rickie Fowler
10:25 a.m. Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama
10:35 a.m. J.T. Poston, Matt Kuchar, Jimmy Walker
10:45 a.m. Chez Reavie, Keith Mitchell, Kevin Stadler
10:55 a.m. Stewart Cink, Nick Taylor, Bronson Burgoon
11:05 a.m. Danny Lee, Doc Redman, Harry Higgs
11:15 a.m. Luke List, Sam Ryder, Tom Lewis
11:25 a.m. Smylie Kaufman, Joel Dahmen, Tyler McCumber
11:35 a.m. Spencer Levin, Justin Suh, George Markham
2:35 p.m. Brian Stuard, Jamie Lovemark, Robby Shelton
2:45 p.m. Emiliano Grillo, Graham DeLaet, Sepp Straka
2:55 p.m. Jason Kokrak, Talor Gooch, Kyoung-Hoon Lee
3:05 p.m. Patton Kizzire, Austin Cook, Si Woo Kim
3:15 p.m. Cameron Smith, Lanto Griffin, D.A. Points
3:25 p.m. C.T. Pan, Brice Garnett, Ryan Armour
3:35 p.m. Andrew Landry, Michael Kim, Kevin Chappell
3:45 p.m. Sungjae Im, Sung Kang, Scott Piercy
3:55 p.m. Sebastian Munoz, Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson
4:05 p.m. K.J. Choi, Rory Sabbatini, Abraham Ancer
4:15 p.m. Russell Henley, Peter Malnati, Beau Hossler
4:25 p.m. Vaughn Taylor, Scott Stallings, Cameron Davis

TV, streaming information

All times are listed in Eastern.

Friday, Oct. 9

TV

PGA Tour Live on NBC Sports Gold: 9:40 a.m.-8 p.m. (featured groups, featured holes)

: 4-8 p.m.

RADIO

PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM: 2-8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 10

TV

PGA Tour Live on NBC Sports Gold: 9:40 a.m.-8 p.m. (featured groups, featured holes)

: 5-8 p.m.

RADIO

PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM: 3-8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 11

TV

PGA Tour Live on NBC Sports Gold: 9:40 a.m.-8 p.m. (featured groups, featured holes)

: 5-8 p.m.

RADIO

PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM: 3-8 p.m.

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