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How open champion Brian Harman finished strongly at the 56th RBC Heritage

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A tough week by Open Champion Brian Harman’s high standards ended on a high note Sunday as the southpaw fired a 7-under par 64 at Harbor Town Golf Links in the final round of the 56th annual RBC Heritage Golf Tournament.

This week marked the 20th anniversary of Harman’s PGA debut at Harbor Town, when he played as a junior at Savannah Christian Prep on a sponsor exemption after winning the U.S. Junior Amateur title the summer before.

Harman started the tournament Thursday with a 70, but was left with a bad taste in his mouth after bogeying the 17th hole and hitting a double on No. 18. He shot 69 and 70 on Saturday before finding his groove on Sunday when he soared in the standings with a round that included eight birdies and just one bogey on the 11th hole. Harman was tied for 16th after starting the day tied for 45th.

His iron play was perfect as he was dialed in all day with his approach shots. He made a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 13th hole, but every other birdie putt was from 8 feet or less. He introduced his approach from 195 yards on the par-4 third hole to within a yard of the cup.

Brian Harman and caddy Scott Tway on the 12th green of Harbor Town Golf Links during the RBC Heritage Tournament on April 18, 2024.Brian Harman and caddy Scott Tway on the 12th green of Harbor Town Golf Links during the RBC Heritage Tournament on April 18, 2024.

Brian Harman and caddy Scott Tway on the 12th green of Harbor Town Golf Links during the RBC Heritage Tournament on April 18, 2024.

Harman said it was one of his best ever rounds at Harbor Town and said he didn’t think he had ever hit a 64 in the tournament. He started with birdies on his first three holes.

“Yesterday I got off to a good start. It was just fun to keep going. I had a hiccup there on the back side, No. 11, in the middle of the fairway, made a bogey, but got a birdie on No. pretty quickly after that. 13, and made some really good shots,” said the 37-year-old former All-American at Georgia. “I’ll try to use it as a springboard. I have two weeks off. I have a lot of things to work on, but nice to put it together for at least a day. Just a frustrating week. It’s great to end with this , but I knew the game was there, and I just couldn’t get anything going for the first three days, but this will definitely make the food taste a little better.”

Harman missed the cut in his sixth appearance at the Masters last week and entered this week at No. 10 on the World Golf Ranking. At a press conference opening the tournament on Tuesday, he talked about how he needs to stay focused on a patient approach with his game.

“It’s hard. It’s been a frustrating week because this is one of those places that I’ve been around, where I really have to come and compete every year that I play,” Harman said. “It just wasn’t my week… But you never know what’s going to happen. As impatient as I’ve been all week, it was nice to get back into a round and feel some good things today.

Brian Harman reaches 15th place at the RBC Heritage played at Harbor Town Golf Links on April 18, 2024.Brian Harman reaches 15th place at the RBC Heritage played at Harbor Town Golf Links on April 18, 2024.

Brian Harman reaches 15th place at the RBC Heritage played at Harbor Town Golf Links on April 18, 2024.

Harbor Town is known as one of the more difficult courses on the PGA Tour with its small greens and narrow fairways, and Harman knows the course like the back of his hand.

“It just provokes you into making bad decisions. You feel like you can attack any pin, but you get on the wrong side of a pair and get 2 or 3 over par and you start to press,” said Harman. “It’s a great golf course. That’s what Pete Dye does. He tests your physical skills, your mental skills, and I’ve always really enjoyed the challenge of this place.”

Harman had an army of supporters on track all week as friends, family and fans cheered him on.

“It’s great. I’m probably putting a little too much pressure on myself because I want to perform. I want to compete here. I want to play well in front of everyone. But I definitely appreciate the support. It’s been great,” Harman said. said. “I drove it pretty well, made a few putts, and you just have to take what the course gives you. You can’t get too aggressive. I just played my game really well today.”

Dennis Knight covers sports for the Savannah Morning News. Contact him at [email protected]. Twitter: @DennisKnightSMN

This article originally appeared on Savannah Morning News: Brian Harman fires 7-under par 64 to end the week at RBC Heritage