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Brian Harman wins PGA in Illinois

Brian Harman wins PGA in Illinois

Posted by Liliana Castaño on July 13, 2014

Harman became the 20th player to win his first US tour crown at the $5 million event, firing a final-round 66, 5-under par, to finish 72 holes on 22-under 262.

Zach Johnson, the 2007 Masters champion and a home-area hero who won the event in 2012, settled for his third runner-up showing in the event on 263.

Harman, who matched his best prior US PGA finish with a third-place effort at Riviera in February, had missed the cut the past two weeks but took home the top prize of $900,567 at Deere Run.

The victory qualified Harman for the British Open at Royal Liverpool, which starts on Thursday in Hoylake, England.

"I brought my passport and a couple of jackets," Harman said. "I can't wait to get on that plane."

Harman eagled the par-five second after putting his approach four feet from the cup, took a bogey at the fifth but responded with a 30-foot birdie putt at the ninth and added a 16-foot birdie putt at the par-five 10th.

Johnson kept the pressure on Harman with a bogey-free round of 64 that included birdies at 13, 14 and 17 to stay on the leader's heels.

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