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Harman hangs on to win John Deere Classic

Silvis, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Brian Harman fired a 5-under 66 on Sunday as
he hung on for a 1-stroke victory at the John Deere Classic.

Harman collected his first career win on the PGA Tour at 22-under-par 262.
With the victory, Harman earned the final spot up for grabs for the British
Open next week.

“I brought my passport and a couple of jackets. I can’t wait to get on that
plane,” Harman said after the win.

Zach Johnson, who won this event in 2012, carded a 7-under 64 during his final
round at TPC Deere Run to finish alone in second place at 21-under 263.

Jhonattan Vegas (65) and Jerry Kelly (66) shared third at 19-under, while Tim
Clark (67) and Scott Brown (68) tied for fifth at minus-18.

Jordan Spieth (66), the 2013 champion, Bo Van Pelt (65), Ryan Moore (68) and
Johnson Wagner (68) shared seventh at 16-under 268.

Harman entered the final round with a 1-stroke lead over Stricker, who was
joined at 16-under by Brown and Moore before Harman stuck his second shot
at the par-5 second to four feet and converted his eagle to move three clear
of the field at minus-19.

After Johnson moved into sole possession of second place with a trio of
birdies at the second, fourth and sixth, Harman tripped to a bogey at the
fifth to fall to 18-under and cut his advantage to just one.

Clark then briefly claimed a share of the lead with back-to-back birdies at
the sixth and seventh, but a bogey at the ninth dropped him off the pace.

As Clark fell behind, Brown birdied the seventh and ninth, while Johnson
poured in an 8-foot birdie at the 10th to make it a 3-way tie at 18-under.

Harman answered with birdie putts of 30 and 16 feet at the ninth and 10th to
reclaim the outright lead, but Johnson fired back with a pair of short birdie
efforts at the 13th and 14th to again meet him atop the leaderboard at 20-
under.

Harman did not waver, however, as he retook the lead for good with a birdie at
the 14th.

He followed that with a 15-foot birdie at the 15th and after Johnson pulled
back within one when he got up and down for birdie from a greenside bunker at
the par-5 17th, Harman converted his third straight birdie at the 16th to
again claim a 2-shot lead at 23-under.

Johnson parred the last to end at 21-under, allowing Harman to hang on for the
win despite a bogey at the 18th.

NOTES: Harman is the 14th player in his 20s to win on the PGA Tour this
season. There were 12 different winners in their 20s last season … Harman is
the first lefthander to win the John Deere Classic since Sam Adams in 1973 …
Harman has just one career start in a major, when he missed the cut a the 2012
U.S. Open … Johnson has now posted 24 consecutive rounds in the 60s at TPC
Deere Run.