PALM BEACH GARDENS -- The Honda Classic course record might have been safe if Vijay Singh had not pulled out of the Honda Classic.
Singh was replaced by rookie Brian Harman, and Harman created a buzz Friday at PGA National after he started birdie-birdie-eagle on his way to a 9-under 61.
Harman was a about a millimeter short of a 60, as a birdie putt on 18 lipped out. The record round followed Harman’s opening round of 3-over 73 on Thursday, a 12-stroke swing that vaulted him into contention.
“To be able to do it on such a great golf course, such a great tournament…I was pretty down about my round yesterday, so to be able to come out and get back into the golf tournament feels pretty good,” Harman said.
Harman literally came out of nowhere, as he had played in only one PGA Tour event before this year.
Harman, 25, had spent most of his time since graduating from Georgia in 2009 with a degree in Finance on the eGolf Tour, which is a step below the Nationwide. But he earned his PGA Tour card when he tied for eighth place at qualifying school in December.
A slight 5-foot-7, 150 pounds, Harman is long enough to be competitive, and a switch to a belly putter when he was at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Amallowed him to finish a career-best tied for 20th in that event.
“You don't have to worry about me dunking any basketballs any time soon. I ain't too big a fella,” Harman said. “I hit it far enough.”
He brought that putter and momentum with him to South Florida and into the record books.
Harman said he got some advice from Lucas Glover, who he turns to for guidance.
Harman said he had been impatient on Thursday, and asked Glover for advice.
“He goes, ‘Well, try to walk a little slower.’ I did that today. So I haven't gotten to my phone yet, but I'll be sure to send him a thank¿you text,” Harmon said.
Harman was a top player as a junior, and he won the 2003 U.S. Junior Championship, the 2005 Players Amateur and Georgia Amateur, the 2007 Porter Cup and the 2009 Dogwood Invitational. He played on two U.S. Walker Cup team (2005 and 2009) and on the 2007 U.S. Palmer Cup team.
Here is more on Harman from his PGA Tour biography:
Golf is the only thing he does left-handed;.Attended Savannah Christian High School; Instructors are Jack Lumpkin and Mike Taylor; Biggest thrill outside golf is watching a sunrise from a duck blind; Never travels without his phone; Always uses a quarter to mark his ball; Favorite Web site is realtree.com; Follows all Atlanta pro teams; Favorite TV show is "Boardwalk Empire," favorite movie is "The Departed" and his favorite athlete to watch is Jarvis Jones; Favorite city to visit is Athens, GA, and his favorite vacation spot is Marathon, FL; Twitter account is @harmanbrian; Favorite gadgets are firearms; Favorite app is Google maps; Carries peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches in his golf bag for snacks; Dream foursome is Megan Fox, Heidi Klum and Kid Rock; Not many people know that he could live off the land.