Unheralded American Brian Harman has won his maiden PGA title, qualifying for the British Open in the process.
Unheralded American Brian Harman won his first PGA title on Sunday, capturing the John Deere Classic to claim a spot in next week’s British Open.
Harman became the 20th player to win his first US tour crown at the $US4.7 million ($A5 million) event, firing a final-round five-under par 66, 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.
Queenslander Steven Bowditch was the best of the Australians in a share of 11th, seven shots off the lead.
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 $846,000 at Deere Run.
The victory qualified Harman for the British Open at Royal Liverpool, which starts 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-5 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-5 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.
But Harman answered the challenge with three birdies in a row starting with an eight-foot birdie putt at the 14th followed by a 15-foot birdie putt at 15 and a six-footer at the par-3 16th.
That allowed Harman to par the 17th and bogey 18 for the victory.