If you face the 35-year-old guy with a broad smile, white cap, and a height of 170cm once, I bet you never predict that in front of you is Brian Harman. One of the most known golf players, who is ranked No.35 in the world, the winner of two PGA tour events, including the Wells Fargo Championship in 2017, and with career earnings of $23,722,648. From a student of Finance at the University of Georgia, United States, to a famous golf player. Fast fact, he is one of the few ambidextrous players, and golf is the only thing he does left-handed.
First stage. Amateur player
It all started in college. Golf was nothing more but a hobby, it was pretty pleasant for Brian to spend some time on a golf course, so he joined the second Team All-American on the University of Georgia golf team after a while. His own story started from that day.
His first win awaited him in 2003. Then Brian became the U.S. Junior Amateur champion — one of the fourteen USA national golf championships organized by the United States Golf Association. At that time Brian was under 19 years old.
Two years later, in 2005, he won the Players Amateur — the annual amateur golf tournament organized by Heritage Classic Foundation from 2000 to 2019. The same year he won the NCAA Preview.
Year after year, victory after victory, Brian won the elite amateur tournament Porter Cup in 2007. This championship has been played since 1959 and hosted the biggest names; so Brian’s record of 22-under-par 258 wasn’t an empty sound. The same year he played on the winning team of the Palmer Cup — the annual competition for colleges and universities students.
His last amateur win was in 2009 in the Walker Cup. From that year, his professional career began. It is worth saying that during his amateur career Brian won the yearly award for the highest Grade Point Average three times.
Second stage. Professional Career
2010 was the year of the eGolf Professional Tour for Brian. The first step in the new pro golf world, and this tournament was perfect to start as it was designed for players trying to ascend to higher-level tours. In the eGolf Professional Tour, Brian Harman won in the top-10. Not bad for a newcomer, not bad. He also played in three Nationwide Tour events in the same year.
2012 was a year of Brian’s worldwide popularity; the unique situation at the Players Championship made his person much more discussed. He was just an alternate at the tournament but suddenly D.A.Points withdrew in minutes before his tee time. Unfortunately, his playing partners Carl Pettersson and Robert Garrigus had already teed off. With whom the only one player would compete? However, after consulting with PGA, tournament officials let Brian tee off alone for the first round. Of course, he won that round. The whole Championship he finished T51.
Later that year, Harman qualified for his first major, the U.S. Open. The United States Open Tournament is the third of the four major championships in golf and is on the official schedule of both the PGA Tour and the European Tour.
U.S. Open was a brilliant start and Harman’s next task was a victory. And he got it at the PGA Tour where he won the 2014 John Deere Classic. In 2015, Brian held the 54-hole lead at the Travelers Championship — a professional Golf Tournament on the PGA Tour in Cromwell — but missed the play-off and finished in solo third.
Brian Harman’s name is inscribed in the history of the PGA Tour as he was the third player who ever had two aces in the same round. That event occurred on August 30, 2015, at The Barclays — the professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour.
2017 was full of achievements for Brian. On May 7, 2017, Harman won the Wells Fargo Championship. It was his second PGA tour win. The player made a 28-foot putt on the 18th hole to win by one stroke over Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez. His next big championship of that year was the 2017 U.S. Open where he held the 54-hole lead. For the first time, Brian played in the final group of a major during the final round. He entered the final round one stroke clear of three players, at 12 under par, and finished in a tie for second place with Hideki Matsuyama, following a final round 72.
In 2010, Brian Harman began with an eGolf Professional Tour and reached the top of golf career in seven years with two wins in PGA Tours and numerous victories in other pro championships. And his story continues.
Third stage. Nowadays
Brian keeps on playing the greatest and the most valuable professional golf tournaments and regularly wins them. At the 2022-2023 PGA Tour he played 4 events and 2 times Brian took places in TOP-10 and all 4 times he was in TOP-25. In this season he earned over $1,700,000.
Let’s review Harman’s last three best seasons’ scores.
Took part in the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba and finished solo-second. This result was his second career runner-up on TOUR and the first since the 2017 U.S. Open.
Brian had played at the FedEx St. Jude Championship and finished T3. That score was his second career top-five in a FedExCup Playoffs event and first since 2012.
At the Open Championship, Harman finished T6. This place is Brian’s second career top-10 in a major championship and first since the 2017 U.S. Open (T2).
The third tournament was The American Express where Harman closed with 64, tied for the low final-round score in the field, to finish T3 at The American Express. He marked his second in a row and third total top-10 at the event.
Brain’s first tournament in that season was THE PLAYERS Championship. The Player finished T3 and it was his best result on TOUR since the 2019 A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier (T3).
The next competition was the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Brian Harman led the 36-hole en route to a T13.
The same year FedExCup Playoffs qualified Harman for the 10th season in a row. Also, he advanced to the BMW Championship, finishing the season No. 41 in the FedExCup standings. Pretty nice results Brian Harman shows the last several years, and as the 2023 season just started we are expecting new wins and records in the golf world.