PGA Tour pro and former UGA Bulldogs standout Brian Harman got the best of the world’s best — and some other big names Sunday — as he sank a 28-foot putt to avoid a playoff and win the the Wells Fargo Championship at Wilmington, N.C.
Harman, a lefty, rallied for his first victory since 2014, entering the final round two shots behind Patrick Reed. He finished a 10-under for the 72-hole event.
Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, grabbed the clubhouse lead at 9-under. Johnson was poised to claim his fourth straight Tour victory.
Alas Harman, who is 5-foot-7 and had been overlooked all day, stole the show and the victory with his birdie on the par-5 18th.
“Well, I would be lying if I didn’t say I had a little bit of a chip on my shoulder,” Harman said, via PGA Tour.com. He was a three-time, second-team All-American at UGA before he graduated in 2009.
Harman, knowing par would get him into a playoff with Johnson and Pat Perez, went for the win and opted to use his 3-wood instead of his 5-wood for his 271-yard shot in the 18th. His shot went long and an awkward chip left him over 9 yards from pay dirt.
“I didn’t hit a great chip. It didn’t turn out very good,” Harman said after his second win in 172 Tour starts. “But I guess it went where it was supposed to.”
The ever-confident Harman knew his putt was good and began celebrating a second before it rolled into the cup. He screamed and high-fived his slightly taller caddie Scott Tway.
“It’s very hard to stay patient because you know what it feels like to win, you know what it takes,” Harman added. “You feel like you’re capable of it but it just doesn’t happen. And then it doesn’t happen again and it doesn’t happen again, and then that’s where the doubt starts to creep in. So this one feels very good.”