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  • 'Fan caddie' rooting for Harman

    Jay Hatch, a high school teacher, pinch-caddied for Harman on Thursday

  • Brian Harman is shooting for his first PGA TOUR victory at the John Deere Classic. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Brian Harman is shooting for his first PGA TOUR victory at the John Deere Classic. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Local high school coach Jay Hatch is pulling for third-round leader Brian Harman to finish the John Deere Classic with a win on Sunday, but not because he’s looking for a piece of the winning caddie’s share.

“It would be stealing money,” Hatch said this weekend of being rewarded for his 12 holes of toting Harman’s bag on Thursday when he stepped inside the ropes in a pinch as the golfer’s regular caddie, Scott Tway, could not continue due to food poisoning. “I wasn’t a caddie, just a porter.”

Hatch has been a primary focus of local media since his Thursday loop, largely because Harman has emerged as a threat to claim his first TOUR title.

“I’m not the story,” protested Hatch, the girls basketball coach at Alleman Catholic High School in Rock Island, Ill. “The dude tearing up the course is.”

Hatch has insisted since Thursday that he doesn’t deserve a financial reward for stepping inside the ropes  in a pinch. But that doesn’t mean the Alleman girls won’t be sporting shiny new uniforms in November.

“I’ve got his address,” Harman said Saturday.

Harman eagled the par-5 second early Sunday, hitting his second shot to inside 5 feet from 223 yards and converting the putt. He held a three-shot lead over a second-place pack of five heading down the fourth fairway.

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