Brian Harman reveals spectator heckle helped spur him on to Open glory

Open champion Brian Harman has revealed how being heckled by a spectator helped encourage him to a dominant victory at Royal Liverpool.

Harman held a five-shot lead after a surprising second spherical of 65 however bought off to a gradual begin on Saturday with two dropped pictures within the first 4 holes.

“After I made the second bogey a guy, when I was passing him, he said, ‘Harman, you don’t have the stones for this’,” Harman stated in his post-championship press convention.

“It helped snap me back into (thinking) ‘I’m good enough to do this. I’m going to do this. I’m going to go through my process, and the next shot is going to be good’.

“I figured at some point, just with the weather and the scenario, you’re going to hit bad shots. I knew that the way I responded to that would determine whether I’d be sitting here or not.”

Harman carded a 3rd spherical of 69 to keep up his five-shot lead and a closing 70 in depressing situations to complete six pictures away from Masters champion Jon Rahm, Jason Day, Sepp Straka and Tom Kim.

“It’s pretty surreal. It really hasn’t sunk in yet,” Harman stated. “I’m not going to let it (the Claret Jug) out of my sight for the time being. To win what I consider the greatest prize in golf is as good as it gets. I’m over the moon.

“It was a tough last three days, it really was. Being able to get some sleep was big last night. Sleeping on a lead like that is really difficult, so I’m proud of the way I hung in there the last couple days.”

Shot of the day

For the second time within the day Harman’s lead was briefly down to a few pictures earlier than he holed from 40 ft for birdie on the 14th.

Round of the day

Three gamers shot 67 on the ultimate day, however Harman’s 70 was much more spectacular given the circumstances as he recovered from two early bogeys to card 4 birdies in a closing 70.

Quote of the day

“First I’m going to have me a couple pints out of this here trophy, I believe” – Harman stated he was eager to get again dwelling to see his household, however not earlier than having fun with his triumph.

Toughest gap

With the pin near the out of bounds to the appropriate of the inexperienced, the par-four third gap performed the hardest for the primary time, with simply 4 gamers making birdie, three carding a double bogey and three taking triple-bogey sevens.

Easiest gap

The par-five fifth was the best gap for the fourth day in succession, with one eagle and 34 birdies contributing to a scoring common of 4.618. Champion Harman made one in all simply 5 bogeys there on Sunday.

When is the subsequent main?

The 88th Masters will happen at Augusta National from April 11-14, 2024.

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