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WATCH: How Brian Harman Won the Wells Fargo Championship

Brian Harman made a dramatic birdie putt on the final hole to edge Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez. (Photo Credit: Jim Dedmon, USA Today Sports)

At age 30, Brian Harman has been around the PGA Tour long enough now that he doesn’t qualify as one of the young guns but his victory at the Wells Fargo Championship is the kind that puts a different spin on his career.

Not only did Harman win on a difficult course, he won knowing he needed birdies on the two closing holes to avoid a playoff. Johnson and Perez were already in the clubhouse at 9 under when Harman seemed destined to join them after leaving his pitch shot 28 feet short of the hole on the par-5 finishing hole.


Instead, Harman center-cut the winning putt to put an end to Johnson’s three-tournament winning streak.

“It’s surreal,” Harman said. “When I three-putted the 15th hole I knew it would be tough to birdie the last couple. I stuck to my game plan and just did it, did the best I could.”

It’s Harman’s second career PGA Tour victory, the other being the 2014 John Deere Classic.

“It’s a lot of emotion for sure,” Harman said. “I’ve been fighting really hard. … This feels really good.”

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If the tournament ultimately belonged to Harman, he shared it with Eagle Point, the Tom Fazio-designed course that made its Tour debut as a one-year substitute for Quail Hollow Club, which will host the PGA Championship in August. Windy conditions the first two days added to the difficulty of the design, which drew high praise from players for its exceptional conditioning.

After making the cut on the number, Johnson – who hadn’t played competitively in five weeks – surged up the leaderboard with a pair of 67s on the weekend, giving himself a chance to be the first player since Tiger Woods to win four consecutive starts.

“I didn’t really know what to expect this week,” Johnson said. “I’m happy with where the game is going to next week. Physically everything is 100 percent.”

Third-round leader Patrick Reed had a share of the lead on the back nine but struggled with his ballstriking, closing with a 75.

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