By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Sergio Garcia has always been one of Brian Harman’s favorite players.
“The guy, he just goes out there and is just fearless,” Harman said. “He’s never been afraid of anything.”
Friday, Harman was himself fearless in shooting a course-record 61 that has him in contention through two rounds of The Honda Classic.
The rookie from the University of Georgia made the turn in 29 with four birdies and an eagle before adding four more birdies on the back nine as he threatened 59.
Needing to eagle the par-5 18th, Harman’s second shot landed in a greenside bunker and he eventually missed a 5-footer for birdie before settling on the record score.
His round beat the previous record by three strokes after Davis Love III and leader Tom Gillis had tied it earlier.
“I walked off 16 and I was like, man, if I birdie these last two holes, I'm going to shoot 59,” Harman said. “I had a good shot there [on 17]. And I hit a great drive on 18 and had a chance. I mean, I had a chance.
“This is probably one of the hardest golf courses we play all year, and just to have a chance to do something special like that is really humbling and it's really cool.”
On Thursday, Harman wasn’t even sure he’ be around for the weekend after finishing in 3 over. Earlier in the week he wasn’t even in the field as the first alternate.
“It's just one of those things,” Harman said. “Funny how things work out, and I'm going to try to keep going.”
One of the reasons Harman was able to turn his week around was a switch he made in drivers after the opening round. He also recently switched to a belly putter and tried to be more patient.
“I have a bad habit of getting really impatient out there and wanting it to go faster and faster,” said Harman, who traded text messages with Lucas Glover Thursday night for some advice on how to be more patient. “He goes, ‘Well, try to walk a little slower.’ I did that today.
“I haven't gotten to my phone yet, but I'll be sure to send him a thank-you text.”