Brian Harman claimed his first major championship on Sunday, winning the British Open in a dominant fashion. The 36-year-old American led wire-to-wire, never giving his challengers a chance. He closed with a 1-under 70 to finish six shots ahead of the field.
Harman’s victory was all the more impressive considering the conditions. The wind was gusting up to 30 mph on Sunday, making it difficult for even the best golfers in the world to control their shots. But Harman was unfazed, hitting some of the best golf of his career.
He hit only three bunkers all week, and his putting was superb. He made 17 of 21 putts inside 10 feet, including a clutch 8-foot par putt on the final hole to seal the victory.
Harman’s win is a major breakthrough for the former University of Georgia standout. He has been a consistent performer on the PGA Tour for years, but he had never been able to break through for a major victory. But on Sunday, he put it all together and put on a clinic.
With his win, Harman moves to No. 10 in the world rankings. He also secures a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team in September.
After the round, Harman said he was “overwhelmed” by the victory. “It’s been a long time coming,” he said. “I’ve always had a self-belief that I could do something like this, but it’s just when it takes so much time, it’s hard not to let your mind falter.”
Harman’s victory is a reminder that even at 36 years old, it’s never too late to achieve your dreams. He is an inspiration to golfers of all ages, and his story is one that will be remembered for years to come.