HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Brian Harman launched what felt like a great shot off the seventeenth tee at Harbour Town Golf Links on Saturday afternoon, however a breeze coming off Calibouge Sound blew it astray.
The fiery left-hander returned his 7-iron to his golf bag with a be aware of authority.
A couple of minutes later, the Savannah, Georgia, native confirmed a delicate fist pump after holing an 11-footer for a deft up-and-down and an unlikely par.
It was one gap in a superb round for Harman, who matched his lowest rating of the week with a 4-under-par 67 at the RBC Heritage. He climbed up the leaderboard right into a tie for tenth and sits at 9-under par (67-70-67) headed into Sunday’s closing round.
“No. 17 was kind of odd,” mentioned Harman, who entered the week at No. 48 in the Official World Golf Ranking. “That was one of my better swings of the day, and it ended up in a really bad spot. The wind was blowing between south and southeast, and I think it got caught in a little gust and knocked it over the green. So to make that putt and get out of there with a three was awesome.”
Harman had only one bogey on the day — at the par-4 eighth — however he bought it proper again with a birdie putt of 9 toes at the brief par-4 ninth gap. He birdied from 11 toes on the similar gap on Friday to shut out his round.
He had one of his finest tee pictures of the day at the par-3, 14th gap, nestling an iron to inside 4 toes and changing. He adopted with one other birdie on the par-5 fifteenth, utilizing a three-shot strategy and dropping a 9-foot putt into the cup.
His most memorable shot of the day got here on the par-3 fourth. He missed the inexperienced proper on the 194-yard gap however by some means chipped in from 18 yards for a birdie.
“I was in a really bad spot, but I hit a really, really great chip shot. I had to bump it up over a hill,” mentioned Harman, a graduate of Savannah Christian and the University of Georgia. “With any luck, I was hoping to walk away with a three on that one, and I made a two.
“I probably got the most out of this round (of his previous two this week),” Harman mentioned. “I don’t know if I played quite as well as I did. I made some good putts and I made some really good up and downs, had that chip-in. I’ll try to tighten up my ball striking a little bit and try to shoot a low one tomorrow.”
Harman entered the week taking part in some of the finest golf of his profession. He is ranked No. 33 in the FedEx Cup standings, with 4 top-12 finishes in his final seven begins. He tied for third at the Players Championship and was the closing participant to qualify for the Masters when he beat his fellow former UGA golfer Bubba Watson in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play to succeed in the quarterfinals.
He took full benefit of his alternative in his third look at Augusta National, ending in a tie for twelfth to safe a spot in the 2022 Masters.
This week has a extra relaxed vibe, and Harman is having fun with it along with his household at Harbour Town, along with his mother and father staying close by to the place the place Harman, his spouse Kelly Van Slyke and their younger woman and boy, Cooper and Walter, are residing this week.
“They have been cooking for me every night and watching the kids once in a while, so it’s been great. They can come any time they want,” Harman mentioned with a smile.
Dennis Knight covers sports activities for the Savannah Morning News. Contact him at [email protected] Twitter: @DennisKnightSMN