Brian Harman didn’t exactly light the world on fire after he won the 2023 Open Championship (by a lot, lest I remind you).
His performance at Royal Liverpool was certainly an outlier. But was it a fluke?
Yes and no. I’m not so sure Harman will win another major, but I can see him carving out another five-plus years of being a top-rate pro.
He’s always been a very consistent player, so his mini-slump to end 2023 was due to end at some point.
Harman got 2024 off to a fast start with a T-5th finish at The Sentry. Anytime a shorter hitter of his ilk can play well at a brawny ballpark like Kapalua, it has to feel like playing with house money.
Harman posted rounds of 67-66-70-64 to post 25-under last week. A Georgia boy like him knows how to roll it on Bermuda. He was sixth in the field for the week in Strokes Gained: Putting (4.621). That same surface is in play again this week.
Harman has never missed the Sony Open in Hawaii since debuting in 2012.
He’s made 10 cuts in his first 12 visits with four top-20s. They all came in consecutive years from 2015-18.
A T-4th (64-63-68-70) in 2018 is Harman’s high water mark at Waialae. He’s made the cut here each of the last three years. Last year resulted in T-32nd (67-69-70-65).
The 36-year-old (soon to be 37 on Jan. 19) gained strokes in every category last season on the PGA Tour. Harman was 27th in SG: Putting (.399).
He’ll benefit from a narrow layout in play this week. Harman was 16th in driving accuracy (66.82%).