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August 25 2012

7:56 PM

Harman keeps Playoffs hopes alive

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Brian Harman says he's playing with house money right now.

He's a rookie on the PGA TOUR and he made the FedExCup Playoffs in his first try. And the way Harman is playing this week at The Barclays, he's likely to stick around for another week, too.

Harman Harman fired a 68 Saturday on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park to move into the top 10 at 6 under. He started the week ranked 97th in the FedExCup and was projected 51st when he finished the third round.

"I think it's awesome," Harman said. "... This golf course is unbelievable. It's going to be really interesting this afternoon if that wind gets picked up. 

"I might actually go to the hotel room and watch it and try to get an idea of what it might be like tomorrow afternoon. It's an awesome venue and the fans are great and it's been a great experience so far."

Harman, who had opened with a 65, made four birdies, one eagle and two bogeys, one of which came at the 18th hole. He said he was surprised by the firmness of the greens on Friday when he shot 75 but got back to his game plan in the third round.

"I knew they were going to be firm today and just played accordingly," he said. "Had some things go my way, got off to a good start and got some momentum. Played really well and putted okay."

Harman, who came in three spots above the cutoff for next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, said that he's tried hard to keep his position in the FedExCup out of his mind. Not that it's easy, of course.

"I know that if I play this course the way that I can, that I'm going to be fine," Harman said. "And as long as I just worry about the things that I can control, that's all I can worry about."

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