Har­man’s clutch birdie de­nies John­son fourth straight win

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

Brian Har­man made a 30foot birdie putt on the fi­nal hole Sun­day to win the Wells Fargo Cham­pi­onship and deny Dustin John­son the chance at a fourth straight vic­tory.

John­son, in his re­turn from a freak back in­jury that knocked the world’s No. 1 player out of the Masters, went from mak­ing the cut on the num­ber to a 67-67 week­end at

Ea­gle Point and ap­peared headed for a play­off with Har­man and

Pat Perez.

Har­man won it with a birdie-birdie fin­ish, none big­ger than the par-5 18th.

Af­ter go­ing so long on his sec­ond shot that he needed re­lief from be­hind a cor­po­rate tent, Har­man hit a heavy chip that barely got onto the green. From just under 30 feet away, the putt dropped into the cen­tre of the cup and set off a wild cel­e­bra­tion, with Har­man re­peat­edly shak­ing his fists and leap­ing to share a hard hug with his cad­die, Scott Tway.

Har­man closed with a 4-under 68 for his sec­ond PGA Tour vic­tory.

“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.”


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