Johnson, in his lapse from a weird behind damage that knocked a world’s No. 1 actor out of a Masters, went from creation a cut on a series to a 67-67 weekend during Eagle Point and seemed headed for a playoff with Harman and Pat Perez.
Harman won it with a birdie-birdie finish, nothing bigger than a par-5 18th.
After going so prolonged on his second shot that he indispensable service from behind a corporate tent, Harman strike a complicated chip that hardly got onto a green. From usually underneath 30 feet away, a putt forsaken into a core of a crater and set off a furious celebration, with Harman regularly jolt his fists and leaping to share a tough cuddle with his caddie, Scott Tway.
Harman sealed with a 4-under 68 for his second PGA Tour victory.
“It’s surreal,” Harman said. “I three-putted that 15th hole, knew it was going to be tough to birdie those final couple. But we stranded to my diversion devise and usually did it. Did a best we could.”
And it was usually enough.
Johnson was personification for a initial time in 6 weeks given of his trip down a stairs a day before a Masters that led to him pulling out. A discerning start authorised him to slink behind a leaders all day, and he holed a 15-foot birdie putt on a 18th that gave him a share of a lead.
Then, he was alone in a lead when others started to event — Perez with a double-bogey on No. 14, Harman with a three-putt spook on a 15th, and Patrick Reed, a 54-hole personality who done 4 bogeys in a six-hole widen on a behind nine.
Perez bounced behind clever with birdies on a 16th and intelligent play on a 18th, holding on a H2O that runs along a right side of a hole and laying adult to trust his brief game. He strike a representation adult a slope to 4 feet for birdie and a 68.
Perez headed upstairs to a hall to hang out with Johnson, and when Harman left himself a prolonged birdie possibility on a 18th, they were gearing adult for a playoff.
And afterwards they weren’t.
Jon Rahm of Spain, one of 5 players who had during slightest a share of a lead on a behind nine, was a final actor with a possibility if he were to make eagle on a final hole, as he did when he won during Torrey Pines in January. But his proceed sailed over a green, and his chip never had a chance.
Rahm sealed with a standard for a 71 to finish alone in fourth.
Reed shot 40 on a behind 9 for a 75 and fell out of a tip 10. He played in a final organisation with Alex Noren of Sweden, who sealed with a 77.
Harman’s usually other feat was a John Deere Classic in 2014 that sent him to a British Open. Besides other perks of winning, this feat gets him behind to a Masters, that he has played usually one time.
Johnson watched someone else leave with a prize for a initial time given Feb. 12, when he finished third behind Jordan Spieth during a ATT Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Johnson ran off 3 true victories opposite a strongest fields of a year to date, including a span of World Golf Championships.
And afterwards came a fumble during a Masters, when he suffered a low hash on his reduce behind from a decrease down a stairs while wearing usually socks. This is a initial time he played in 6 weeks, and while there were signs of rust, he looked like a same aged Johnson over a weekend as he done adult ground.
“I didn’t have a lot of time off, so we didn’t unequivocally know what to design this week given we didn’t unequivocally get to use heading into this tournament, either,” Johnson said. “Not most has changed. The initial integrate days we didn’t play that great, though unequivocally played easily on Saturday and Sunday, and so I’m happy with where a diversion is going into subsequent week.”
Johnson had 3 birdies in 6 holes to slink behind a leaders a rest of a day, and he kept gait with birdies on a 12th and 13th. His second shot on a par-5 12th strike a front of a immature and was rolling behind toward a water, interlude 8 inches away. He got up-and-down for birdie, a kind of mangle winners need.
Harman had other ideas.