Harold Varner III often seems to be one solid round away from contending. He’s still seeking his first win after about a half decade on the PGA Tour.
He’s continuously kept his card, though, which is a product of churning out made cuts.
Varner III comes to the Bermuda Championship with four top-30s in his last five starts. That includes T-29th at the PGA Championship, T-7th at the Wyndham Championship and T-13th his last time out at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Varner III won the 2016 Australian PGA Championship and has several close calls on the PGA Tour.
The 30 year old had an impressive statistical season in 2019-2020. He was eighth in strokes gained tee to green thanks to a good blend of distance (301.9, 49th) and accuracy off the tee (61.69%, 79th). Not to mention his iron play, which resulted in 70.57% greens in regulation for 15th.
There’s hardly anyone better playing from the fairway. He’s fourth in proximity at 28’4”.
It’s all about seeing a few putts roll in. Varner III was 141st in SG putting (.215).
He also needs to play better on the weekend. He gets off to hot starts (13th, 69.32 in round 1) but is 91st on Saturdays (70) and 60th on Sundays (69.86).
I think a lower rung tournament could be just the spot for his talent to shine through on all four days.
This is the former East Carolina Pirate’s first trip to Port Royal.