Harman’s clutch birdie denies Johnson fourth straight win
Brian Harman made a 30-foot 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.”
Johnson was playing for the first time in six weeks because of his slip down the stairs the day before the Masters that led to him pulling out.
Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., was the top Canadian, finishing in a tie for eighth place with a 71 in the final round. Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., tied for 31st place and Ottawa’s Brad Fritsch tied for 71st.