Last week’s win by Brian Harman at the John Deere Classic means the Georgia golf program has been responsible for six victories this season.
“Obviously a lot of guys that I played golf with in college and junior golf are doing extremely well out here,” Harman said. “We were all right there, neck-and-neck, all the time in college, and they’ve won a lot of golf tournaments. Now we’ve got a little something else to talk about.”
Other Bulldog wins this season have come from Chris Kirk (McGladrey Classic), Harris English (OHL Classic at Mayakoba), Bubba Watson (Northern Trust Open, Masters), Russell Henley (Honda Classic) and Brendon Todd (Byron Nelson Championship).
Harman, who grew up in Savannah, carried high expectations after he won the 2003 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
He earned his PGA Tour card in 2012 and has moved up the FedEx Cup standings each year, from No. 97 to No. 80. The win pushed him all the way to No. 14, increased his earnings to $2.2 million and earned him an exemption into the British Open, as well as the Masters.
Harman is a self-taught player who began at age 12 to work with Jack Lumpkin at the Sea Island Learning Center. Harman, who had missed the cut the two previous weeks, even made a 10-hour drive to see Lumpkin prior to the John Deere Classic. They worked on his alignment, gained a little confidence and jumped back into competition.
Harman isn’t a big guy; he’s only 5-foot-7. But he makes up for any physical limitations with a drive to succeed. He’s a hard worker,sometimes too hard, and has had to learn to control his emotions. Last week he was able to combine some beach time with his lesson at Sea Island. He’s learned to chill out.
Harman has great parents, too. Eric Harman is a dentist in Savannah and Nancy Harman is a wonderful golf mom. They spent years traveling around to watch him play in junior events and college tournaments. It’s nice that they can watch their son be a success on the PGA Tour.