The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, and The John Deere Classic have become two great run-up tournaments to The Open Championship, but add in The Ricoh Women’s British Open and the World Cup, it became a busy Sunday with the remote. It was a challenge with the The World Cup going into extra time(they don’t take commercial breaks in soccer) to keep up with all of the action.
At the end of the day, it was 27 year-old Brian Harman who put the wrap on a weekend of golf from both sides of the big pond. Not only did the youngster from Savannah win his first PGA Tour event, he became the seventh Georgia Bulldog to win in 2014 and punched the last available ticket to Hoylake.
I was impressed with Harman right from the first hole on Sunday when he teed it up in the last group with three-time John Deere Classic Champion, Steve Stricker and didn’t fold down the stretch with his Sea Island neighbor, Zach Johnson trying to chase him down.
“I saw the guys were playing well, so that’s when I felt it, but I was able to hit three really good shots on No. 9 to birdie, and that kind of got me going,” Harman said.
Zach Johnson got in the clubhouse and posted a 21 under par total for the week at TPC Deere Run but had to wait for Harman to make his way to the 18th hole. When the youngster put his approach shot on the green, Johnson, who was watching from the scorer’s tent knew it would be a second runner-up finish is as many years.
Harman carded his second bogey on the day, but it was still good for the win, and guaranteed his seat on the jet leaving for Royal Liverpool.
“It was very hard, probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever tried to do in my life,” Harman said. “Just trying not to let your mind run wild is the hardest part out there.”
“I talked to Zach about it, and he felt I was trying to get out of his way a little too much and that I needed to stake my ground a little bit,” Harman said.
Congratulations go out to Brian Harman and Mo Martin for their first wins, Justin Rose for his second win in as many starts, and Germany for beating Argentina in the 2014 World Cup.
What a weekend!