HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Brian Harman wasn’t clicking early Friday because the Savannah native made his manner round Harbour Town Golf Links, the place he entered the second round of the RBC Heritage in a tie for eighth place.
But as he has been doing so constantly all 12 months, Harman battled to maintain his rating respectable, along with his trusted caddie, Scott Tway, there each step of the best way.
Harman began on the again 9 and was 2-over par by means of his first 10 holes, however he birdied three of his last eight and made clutch sand saves at Nos. 7 and 8 to shoot 1-under 70.
He put the ending touches on the spherical by holing an 11-footer for birdie on No. 9, going by means of the pre-putt routine with Tway, as he all the time does. Harman is at 5-under par for the event in a tie for sixteenth as of Friday afternoon.
Golf runs by means of the blood of Tway, whose household identify is acquainted to followers of the sport. His older brother, Bob Tway, gained eight occasions on Tour and is greatest identified for his iconic hole-out from the sand on the ultimate gap at Inverness Club to win the 1986 PGA Championship.
Scott’s nephew, Kevin Tway, is within the discipline at Harbour Town this week. The Oklahoma State graduate has one win on Tour.
Scott Tway was a terrific golfer himself, taking part in on scholarship at Georgia Southern. He was on his brother’s bag in 1995 when Bob Tway gained at Harbour Town in what was then known as the MCI Classic. Scott Tway has caddied on Tour for 30 years, additionally working with Scott Verplank and Chris Kirk, the latter like Harman a University of Georgia graduate.
Tway has served as Harman’s caddie since round 2013 however missed Harman’s first win on the 2014 John Deere Classic attributable to sickness. But he was there in 2017 when Harman drained a 28-footer to win the Wells Fargo Championship in Wilmington, North Carolina. Tway, nicknamed “Country,” was the primary to congratulate the Savannah Christian alumnus with a hearty high-five.
“He’s got a really calming effect,” Harman stated of Tway on Friday. “I tend to run kind of hot and kind of cold, and he’s sort of leveled me out. So that’s really good, and he’s been here a long time and seen it a bunch of different ways, and I just think we do good work together.
“He’s seen me as my worst and I’ve seen him at his worst. At this point, we’re like an old married couple.”
Harman hung powerful and didn’t let issues get away from him as his household and a contingent of buddies adopted him.
“This has not been an easy round for him,” stated his mom, Nancy Harman. “He’s been scrambling out of the traps and saving par. The last two holes (Nos. 7 and 8) were incredible saves. He’s done a good job holding his position so he can be in it Saturday and Sunday.”
Nancy Harman stated her son and Tway have shaped a particular bond.
“They are like magic together,” she stated. I’m undecided what the chemistry is. Scott may be very quiet and laid again, besides when somebody isn’t standing nonetheless whereas Brian is taking a shot. He’s very protecting of Brian. They’re nice buddies and work effectively collectively.
Caddie Scott Tway helps Brian Harman learn the scenic 18th inexperienced Thursday through the first spherical of the RBC Heritage. (Photo by Richard Burkhart/Savannah Morning News)
“I used to tell Brian I was worried when he would go to Malaysia and some of the other foreign countries. But he would say ‘Mom, you don’t have to worry. I’ve got Country with me; he’s like my personal bodyguard.’ ”
Harman, who completed in a tie for twelfth on the Masters final week, stated he made a pair errors that price him Friday, however bought probably the most he might out of his spherical after that.
“Yeah, it was a struggle, man. It was really windy this morning. It was just hard to make birdies,” Harman stated. “I just made one bad swing on No. 16; cost me a bogey, and a bad swing on No. 1. I was glad to play the last eight 3-under and kind of right the ship.
“I was pretty exhausted after last week. I’m proud of the way that I’ve hung in there this week,” he stated. “I’ve hit some good shots. If I could just make a couple more putts, I think I can do something this weekend.”
Dennis Knight covers sports activities for the Savannah Morning News. Contact him at [email protected] Twitter: @DennisKnightSMN