If it wasn’t for Brian Harman’s clutch gene, Dustin Johnson may have had his fourth-straight PGA Tour win. But Harman shut the door on a potential three-way playoff by drilling a 30-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole.
With the way Harman’s par-5 18th unraveled, and the 15th where he got a three-putt bogey, his chances to win the Wells Fargo Championship were looking a little dicey. He overhit his second shot and just made it onto the green with his third.
But it was there, from 30 feet away, that Harman kept his wits about him and redeemed himself with a magnificent putt to take the lead for good at 10-under.
Harman and the crowd immediately burst into jubilation. Watch for yourself.
Making birdie at the 72nd hole to win.
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“It’s surreal,” Harman said. “I three-putted that 15th hole, knew it was going to be tough to birdie those last couple. But I stuck to my game plan and just did it. Did the best I could.”
The Wells Fargo victory gives Harman the bonus of another go at the Masters. For Dustin Johnson, his PGA Tour winning streak came to an end at three.
Johnson shook off a slow start in Rounds 1 and 2, and played beautifully throughout the weekend, posting back-to-back scores of 67. When he finished his final round, he headed to the clubhouse with a share of the lead at 9-under. He watched Harman and Pat Perez, his nearest challengers, have a couple of mishaps down the stretch, but not enough to keep his streak alive.
“I didn’t have a lot of time off, so I didn’t really know what to expect this week because I didn’t really get to practice leading into this tournament, either,” Johnson said. “Not much has changed. The first couple days I didn’t play that great, but really played nicely on Saturday and Sunday, and so I’m happy with where the game is going into next week.”
Harman shot a 4-under 68 in on Sunday with six birdies and two bogeys while Johnson posted six birdies and one bogey for his 67.
The Wells Fargo Championship victory marks Harman’s second PGA Tour win. His first came in 2014 at the John Deere Classic. Considering the fact that Harman closed the door on the World No. 1, perhaps this one is a little bit sweeter.
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