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August 23 2012

7:11 PM

In their wake, Harman shoots 65

Harman on his opening round

Brian Harman discussed his opening 65 in Thursday's first round of The Barclays.


By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- The biggest gallery during Thursday's first round of The Barclays belonged to Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Zach Johnson.

The overflow belonged to Brian Harman's group.

Harman, with playing partners Bryce Molder and Ricky Barnes, were in the threesome immediately behind the Tiger-Rory group. Those fans who hung back saw Harman, the PGA TOUR rookie, shoot a 6-under 65 to find a spot near the top of the leaderboard.

"Once a couple of their galleries sort of hung around on a couple holes to watch me play a little bit, so it was really cool," said the left-handed playing Harman, whose best finish this year is a tie for 11th at the AT&T National.

Harman said he used his prime viewing spot to watch Woods and McIlroy play and hopefully glean some knowledge from the FedExCup points leader and the world's No. 1 player.

"It was fun to watch them," said the 25-year-old Harman. "I got to watch them hit a bunch of shots, and I've gotten to talk to Tiger a couple times. He's an awesome dude. That's cool to watch those guys in their element and learn something."

Must be a fast learner, as Harman twice holed out from off the green. He also rolled in all 14 of his putts inside 10 feet, and he said his distance control "was really good."

"Just solid golf," Harman added.

And he was never distracted by the big crowds in front of him.

"I'm an old baseball player," said Harman.  “I like it kind of boisterous out here. It was fun." 


THREE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT BRIAN HARMAN

1. Golf is the only thing he does left-handed

2. Always uses a quarter to mark his ball

3. Dream foursome includes Megan Fox, Heidi Klum and Kid Rock

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