Brian Harman is just adding the cherry on top to a career season at this point.
His life changed forever when he not only won The Open Championship, but did so in dominant fashion. His name’s on the Claret Jug and he could help his fellow Americans lift the Ryder Cup next month in Rome.
Harman just locked up an automatic qualifying spot after the points list concluded following last week’s BMW Championship. He had it in the bag prior to Olympia Fields, but a T-5th finish didn’t hurt.
Harman was solid all week in Illinois, carding 65-68-67-69 to finish six back and four back of a tie for second place. This result bumped Harman up one spot in the FedEx Cup standings.
He ranked third in the field in strokes gained putting (6.967) and fourth in SG around-the-green (3.276). The key will be straightening things out off the tee.
The 36-year-old ranks first on the PGA Tour in scrambling (68.13%). He’s a grinder who’s never out of a hole. He’ll have full faith in himself to battle back from the deficit he faces this week.
Harman’s in fine form right now with five top-12s in his last six starts. I just think the deficit he faces combined with a lack of distance will keep him from contending for the Tour Championship.
This will be the former Georgia Bulldog’s third appearance at East Lake in his home state. Harman is here for the second year in a row. He finished T-21st on the Tour Championship’s net leaderboard while shooting what tied for the 19th-best gross score (68-70-68-67) last year.