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Rookie Harry Hall battles nerves atop leaderboard

By Jessica Kleinschmidt,


During a golfer’s rookie season, they get a taste of what’s to come. It’s a big culture shock and a taste of reality followed by an aggressive schedule.

While the third round of the Charles Schwab Challenge is underway on Saturday, rookie Harry Hall remains atop the leaderboard after shooting 4-under 66 to finish the first two rounds at 12-under par. His consistency stood out among those watching the UNLV product.

The 25-year-old golfer is doing his best with the lead but knows he needs to do everything in his power to breathe through the event at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Tex. Especially as he took Friday night to regroup.

“Just go back and chill out and make sure I breathe tomorrow,” Hall told the media Friday (via’s Sean Zak). “I could tell when I started today my heart was pacing a lot more than it normally does. Yeah, just to breathe and maybe slow myself down a little bit at the start tomorrow.”

Hall secured his PGA Tour card in 2021 after a 10th-place finish on the Korn Ferry Tour’s season-long points list.

His journey through the ranks added to the nerves.

“Knowing the position I was in. That made me nervous,” Hall admitted.

“Well, I didn’t think about it, but I can sense it, and I think I can sense that people around me know it. But it wasn’t like I was uncomfortable. It was just something I have to get better at dealing with. I think I dealt with it good in the end.”

Hall said he’s aware that managing nerves is something he’ll have to deal with for the rest of his life. His maturation showed as he continued his answers.

“I think no matter who you are, you’re always going to have different challenges to face on a daily basis, and mine tomorrow will be being in the final group, a position I’ve never been in before, and I’m excited for it,” Hall said.


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