Brian Harman breaks through to record his first PGA Tour win at the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run.
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Brian kept his head to shoot a final round -5 under par 66, to grab his first PGA Tour win at the John Deere Classic with his -22 under par tournament total.
Brian spoke about knowing the rest of the field were putting pressure on him, and recounted a conversation he had with Zach Johnson the last time he was paired with him;
“I saw the guys were playing well, so that’s when I felt it, but I was able to hit three really good shots on No. 9 to birdie, and that kind of got me going.”
“It was very hard, probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever tried to do in my life, just trying not to let your mind run wild is the hardest part out there.”
I talked to Zach about it, and he felt I was trying to get out of his way a little too much and that I needed to stake my ground a little bit.”
“When those thoughts enter, it’s like what’s the best way to get those things you want.”
Zach Johnson finished in second place at -21 under par, a final round of -7 under par 64 was not quite good enough to force a play-off. He thought Brian, a neighbor of his, would eventually come through;
“He’s always been known as a gritty player that plays pretty simple golf, to me it was just a matter of time.”
Jhonattan Vegas was in third position on his own at -19 under par, a final round -6 under par 65 giving him that result.
Scott Brown and the only long putter exponent in the field, Tim Clark, tied for fifth place, both returning -18 under par tournament totals.
Three-time winner Steve Stricker fell off the pace early, and then compounded that mistake with a double-bogey on the par-3 12th, finishing with a last round+1 over par 72 and a tie for 11th ;
“It was hard to play after that, I was just trying to get it in without getting in Brian’s way.”