Harman denies Johnson record win at Wells Fargo
Brian Harman made a 9 metre birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Wells Fargo Championship and deny Dustin Johnson the chance of a fourth straight PGA Tour victory.
Harman won the title, his second PGA Tour win, with a birdie-birdie finish, closing in style with that monster putt on the par-5 18th to finish with a 4-under 68 to be at 10 under.
“It’s surreal,” said Harman. “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 missing the year’s first Major. Johnson had earlier shot a five-under 67 to set the clubhouse lead on nine under.
Pat Perez tied for second with Johnson, while Spain’s Jon Rahm closed with a 71 to finish on eight under and England’s Paul Casey (68) ended on five under.
Johnson was looking to become the fifth player to win four consecutive PGA Tour starts to join the likes of Byron Nelson, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan and Jack Burke Jr.
“I didn’t know what to expect this week,” said Johnson. “The first couple of days I didn’t play that great but really played nicely on Saturday and Sunday so I’m happy with where the game is going into next week.”
After starting the day in fourth place, Harman made his move in one of the best closing stretches seen so far this year on the PGA Tour with four back-nine birdies to gain the momentum he needed for his victory.
With the pressure building Harman knew he needed to finish with a birdie to avoid a playoff and after flying the 18th green needed a miracle up-and-down and he was able to deliver.
“Just having a little more belief in myself,” replied Harmon about how he was able to snatch the victory.
“Just trusting that I’m pretty good at what I do. I’ve been fighting really hard, I thought I had a good chance a couple of weeks ago at Harbour Town, really wanted that one. I’ve been working really hard. This feels really good.”
Brett Drewitt was the best of the Australians finishing in a tie for 31st position at 2-under with Adam Scott a shot back finishing in a tie for 36th position at 1-under.
Rookie professional Curtis Luck banked his first big cheque moving six places on Sunday with a closing round of 72 to finish in a share of 52nd position, while Matt Jones also made the cut.
Cameron Percy, Stuart Appleby, Geoff Ogilvy, Greg Chalmers missed the weekend, as did Steven Bowditch who carded dual rounds of 77.