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July 12 2012

9:25 PM

Harman battles back from shaky start

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

Unlike the other three players who finished the morning round at 6 under, Brian Harman didn't get off to the best of starts.

While Robert Garrigus, K.J. Choi and Scott Piercy all navigated TPC Deere Run without a bogey, Harman had two in his first five holes. But the PGA TOUR rookie played his next 13 in 7 under, even making four straight birdies starting at the seventh hole.

The 20-footer at the seventh hole jump-started Harman's round. He ended up making birdie on three of his last five holes, too.

"I got off to a terrible start," Harman said. "... Like I said, I guess I knew that I was swinging well and felt good. Birdied the last three holes on the front nine and was just kind of off and running from there."

Harman, who is from Savannah, Ga., is playing in the John Deere Classic for the first time. But he already has friends in the area after playing with Gregg Ontiveros, who owns a local company called Group O, in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

The two men have had dinner together, and Harman visited Ontiveros' office on Wednesday. He also came to the area several weeks ago to play in a Boys & Girls club outing.

"Everyone has kind of taken me in as their own," Harman said. "... I love this place. Got some great food around here. Golf course is really easy to get nut and out of. It's a great track.
       
"I'm from the south, so it's kind of nice being back in this hot weather and hearing some accents kind of like mine."

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