Brian Harman has laid low throughout the FedEx Cup Fall. As he should. The 2023 Champion Golfer of the Year has opened new doors in his career. At least for the near future, he can primarily sustain on Signature Events, majors, and even his first appearance on Team USA this fall at the Ryder Cup.
He won’t have to play any events he doesn’t want to and can eschew some of the lower-rung tournaments Harman used to frequent.
It makes sense to tee it up this week, though, since the RSM Classic is a literal home game. The native Georgian is among the PGA Tour contingent who lives on Sea Island. He’s well-versed in Sea Island Golf Club, both in practice and in tournament play.
Harman has never missed this event since debuting in 2012. The former Georgia Bulldog has made eight of 11 cuts with a pair of top-fives. One of them came last year when Harman almost pulled off a coveted win, settling for T-2nd with rounds of 67-69-64-65. He was two shots off the pace of Adam Svensson.
"“I love it, man,” Harman was transcribed by Tee Scripts in 2019. “I’ve got my parents staying with me, my caddie’s staying with me, we’ve been cooking every night. It used to kind of bug me a little bit, it’s kind of like I wanted to play well so bad, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve just kind of embraced it. It’s just a fun week, man. Let’s have fun, let’s have a good time. It seems to be helping a little bit.”"
Harman is best known for his putting, which ranks 22nd in strokes gained (.446 per round). He benefits from a pair of short courses being in play this week. Harman is short but deadly accurate at 12th in fairway percentage (66.37%).