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Former Falcon John Huh a rising rookie on PGA Tour

Former Crescenta Valley High standout John Huh more than holding his own in his first go-round on the PGA Tour

September 05, 2012|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High graduate John Huh is a rising star on the PGA Tour.
Crescenta Valley High graduate John Huh is a rising star… (Tammy Abbott/Staff…)

Nine months into his rookie season, John Huh hasn't wasted time making the rounds on the PGA Tour. He's already captured national and international headlines, won a tournament in Mexico and qualified for the prestigious British Open and PGA Championship.

Most would be satisfied with those achievements. Not so for Huh, a 2008 Crescenta Valley High graduate who spent 2011 going through qualifying school before earning his PGA card in December in Palm Springs.

In between traveling from state to state and flying across international time zones to compete with the best the field offers, there's the matter of Huh constantly working on perfecting his long and short games before stepping on to a venue to compete with a smorgasbord of talent that includes Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Charl Schwartzel and Bubba Watson.

Huh has been on television practically every week driving a tee shot and making his share of putts while trying to stay near the top of the leader board. He's holding up just fine — on the course and money list — after once spending parts of three seasons on the Korean Tour.

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"I appreciate the things that have happened for me," said Huh, who helped Crescenta Valley win Pacific League championships in 2006 and 2007. "It's been a dream come true for me to play alongside some of the best golfers in the world and you have to enjoy every moment in this game.

"I didn't expect too much coming out of the Korean Tour and I'm pleased to have made it [to the PGA]. I appreciate the fans after making a shot and the sponsors. That said, you still have to go out there and improve every week to stay on top of your game."

At times, Huh, 22, has appeared to make it look easy. Through Monday, Huh has won the Mayakoba Golf Classic, registered three top-six finishes and made the cut in 19 of 25 events played.

In addition, he was one of three golfers to receive a berth into the British Open via a special exemption reserved for the top three and ties inside the top 20 in FedExCup points through the HP Byron Nelson Classic, which was held in May in Dallas. The British Open, one of four major championships, was held July 19–22 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England.

Huh shot a three-over-par 73 during the second round of the British Open on July 20. He registered a two-round score of 148 and missed the cut by five strokes. Huh finished in an eight-way tie for 126th in an event won by Els.

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