The final round proved to be a test of character for the world number 26, as he encountered a shaky start on the Royal Liverpool course. A bogey on the second hole, resulting from a wayward approach shot, was followed by another dropped shot on the par-five fifth after a wild tee-shot.
Despite these early hiccups, Harman’s composure and stellar putting skills came to the forefront. A crucial response came in the form of back-to-back birdies at the sixth and seventh holes, settling his nerves and reinforcing his commanding lead. Meanwhile, his nearest competitors failed to mount a significant challenge.
Throughout the week, Harman’s putting had been exemplary, and he continued to excel in this aspect during the final round. A phenomenal 40-foot birdie putt at the 14th hole showcased his prowess on the greens, and he followed it up with another birdie at the par-five 15th, sealing his victory with a composed performance.
In the end, Harman finished the tournament with an impressive 13-under par total, six shots clear of the joint second-place finishers. Masters champion Jon Rahm, along with Austria’s Sepp Straka, Australian Jason Day, and South Korean Tom Kim, all tied for second place at seven-under par.
Harman’s triumph at the British Open marks a significant milestone in his career, securing his first major title and adding his name to the illustrious list of winners of one of golf‘s most prestigious championships.
(With inputs from AFP)
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