Monday Finish: Fans' top Harman headlines
July 14, 2014
By D.J. Piehowski, PGATOUR.COM
- Brian Harman survived a birdie-fest at TPC Deere Run and won his first PGA TOUR event. (Marc Lepecheur/PGA TOUR)
Brian Harman won his first PGA TOUR title Sunday, holding off Zach Johnson to claim victory at the John Deere Classic.
Here are the best headlines our Twitter followers came up with:
Harman mows down competition, earns first class tractor ride to Open Championship with victory #MondayFinish— Matt Ettleson (@mettleson) July 14, 2014
FIVE STATS TO REMEMBER FROM THIS WEEK
1) There are plenty of examples of untested players folding under Sunday pressure, but kudos to Brian Harman. He converted his first career 54-hole lead into a victory. One thing that may have helped: Harman was paired with eventual champion Zach Johnson in 2012 in Sunday’s second-to-last group. He becomes the 17th 54-hole leader/co-leader to win in the 2013-14 season.
2) There have only been 10 former Georgia Bulldogs to win on the PGA TOUR. Crazy then, that six former UGA players have won on TOUR this season (Harman, two-time winner Bubba Watson, Russell Henley, Chris Kirk, Harris English and Brendon Todd). Patrick Reed also attended Georgia for one season before transferring to Augusta State.
Georgia coach Chris Haack was asked at this year’s NCAA Championship about his former players’ recent success on the PGA TOUR and he pointed to the fact that no player is exempt for the next tournament. Instead, he relies on weekly qualifying, forcing his guys to play well in the moment to earn a chance to compete. Read more about that process from Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner.
3) Harman is just the 11th lefthander in history to win on the PGA TOUR. Since 2008, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and Ted Potter Jr. are the only other lefties to win on TOUR.
4) Just how good has Zach Johnson been at TPC Deere Run? Sunday’s 64 was his 24th consecutive round under par at the course. His scoring average over that stretch is 66.6, nearly four-and-a-half strokes under par.
Since 2011, he hasn’t finished worse than T3 at the event (T3, 2011; 1st, 2012; T2, 2013; 2nd, 2014).
5) Harman’s win at the John Deere Classic earns him a trip to this week’s The Open Championship through the new Open Qualifying Series. It will be just his second major championship (he missed the cut at the 2012 U.S. Open).
The bad news: Only 10 players in history have managed to win a PGA TOUR event the week before winning a major. Since 2000, only two players have done it: Phil Mickelson (2006 BellSouth Classic/Masters) and Tiger Woods (2007 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational/PGA Championship).
THE THREE BEST VIDEOS OF THE WEEK
1) Nothing settles your final-round nerves quite like a tap-in eagle at the second hole of the day.
Brian Harman’s excellent approach yields eagle on No. 2 at John Deere
2) Making an eagle at No. 18 to win a major championship is about as exciting as it gets. Mo Martin nearly made it an albatross at the Ricoh Women’s British Open on Sunday, hitting the flagstick and nearly making an albatross.
3) On Sunday, Steve Stricker may have made the most complicated par in the history of the PGA TOUR.
Steve Stricker’s hard working par on No. 14 at John Deere
ODDS AND ENDS
Brian Harman’s breakthrough victory will always have a special place in his heart. But someone else took away a pretty cool story from the week, as well.
Jay Hatch, a 48-year-old math teacher from Rock Island, Illinois, was standing nearby when Harman’s caddie Scott Tway required medical attention for food poisoning. When Harman put out the call that he needed someone – anyone – to carry the bag for the remaining 12 holes, Hatch stepped up. Harman played those final 12 holes in 6 under and shot an opening-round 63. If you haven’t read this whole story, you have to.
This photo, taken by Harman’s fiancée, Kelly Van Slyke, pretty much sums up how it feels to win your first PGA TOUR event.
According to PGATOUR.COM’s Ryan Smithson, we were in the presence this week of the best tee markers on TOUR. If you haven’t seen his full list, click the link in the tweet below.
Earlier in my career, I used to hand type golf results for the agate section of a magazine. I thought that I had used every incorrect spelling of Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, but we learned this week that there was still one more out there.
As always, Gonzalo kept his sense of humor about it with the #PlayBetter tag.
A hearty congratulations to James Nitties, who won the Web.com Tour’s annual mustache contest this week at the Utah Championship. It’s Nitties’ second win in three years.
In 2012, Nitties debuted The Monkeytail, a mustache that started at one of his sideburns and wrapped down his chin and around his mouth. This year, he was back in the winner’s circle after unveiling the mustache/Mohawk combination (The Mowtache), seen below.
Germany won the World Cup on Sunday and, as expected, PLAYERS and U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer was a very interested spectator.
Unexpected was this intensity from Swede Jesper Parnevik, who was in solidarity with his German brother-in-law.
Things you do for family peace!! ( My brother in law is German..) pic.twitter.com/5yTvEgllIc— Jesper Parnevik (@JesperParnevik) July 13, 2014
ONE REASON TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THIS WEEK…
To put it simply: Because it’s The Open, the one week a year when everyone becomes a morning person.
Here’s a look at the 18th green at Royal Liverpool, courtesy of Keegan Bradley.