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Little-known Huh makes a weekend move at Phoenix Open

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Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 6:06 pm | Updated: 6:23 pm, Fri Feb 3, 2012.

John Huh is not a household name on the PGA Tour.

Not yet anyway. Less than one month ago, Huh had never even played a major professional golf event in the United States. He's now into his third professional tournament and looking for his second top-10 finish on the PGA Tour.

Huh put himself in position for another big finish at this weekend's Waste Management Phoenix Open after a second round score of 5-under-par 66 at the TPC of Scottsdale on Friday. He is six shots behind 36-hole leader Spencer Levin.

Last week, Huh was seen making a long birdie putt on the final hole at Torrey Pines in San Diego just before playing partner Kyle Stanley suffered the misfortune of making triple bogey and eventually losing the tournament in a playoff to Brandt Snedeker. That putt gave Huh and sixth place finish and the biggest check of his young career at $208,500.

He appears ready for more and willing to take on the challenge at the young age of 21. The massive crowds didn't seem to bother him Friday, even on the 16th hole.

"I like what they are doing on the course," Huh said. "I was a kind of nervous. I pulled my shot."

But like he has done early in the season, Huh got up and down for par. He had just one bogey on the day. It's gone so good here in Scottsdale that Huh was OK with being booed by the crowd for missing the green on the 16th hold.

Born in New York, Huh has also lived in Korea and in Southern California. After a brief stay at Cal State-Northridge, Huh turned professional and played professionally in Korea for a time before giving it a go at the PGA Tour's Q-school. It was there where he earned his place on the PGA Tour by finishing 24th.

When this golf season started his goal was to play well enough to stay on the PGA Tour. He is already exceeding those expectations. Huh has called his play in San Diego and in Scottsdale learning experiences. He is a quick study.

"I've never been in this situation," Huh said. "If I keep playing like this I will be fine."

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