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2014 John Deere Classic, (The 35th of 41 events in the PGA TOUR Season), Silvis, IL July 7-13, 2014 Purse: $4,700,000 ($846,000), TPC Deere Run Par/Yards: 35-36—71/7,268 FedExCup: 500 (winner) - Final Notes – Sunday, July 13, 2014

Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 84 degrees. Winds NW 8-15 mph.

The course received .60 of an inch of rain Saturday night.

Final Leaderboard

Brian Harman 63-68-65-66—262 (-22) (Pictured by Getty Images)
Zach Johnson 63-67-69-64—263 (-21)
Jhonattan Vegas 69-68-63-65—265 (-19)
Jerry Kelly 66-68-65-66—265 (-19)

How Brian Harmon won the 2014 John Deere Classic
Lefthander Brian Harman took a one shot lead over Steve Stricker into the final round and won by one shot over Zach Johnson. Harman hit 63 of 72 Greens in Regulation on the week (T1). He becomes the sixth former Georgia Bulldog to win on TOUR this season.

Brian Harman
The win comes in Harman’s 88th PGA TOUR start at the age of 27 years, 5 months and 24 days.

Collects 500 points and moves from No. 48 to No. 14 in the FedExCup standings.

Earns fully-exempt status through the 2015-16 season.

Is the 14th player (16 wins) in his 20s to win on TOUR this season, compared to 14 winners in their 30s (17 wins) and two over the age of 40 (John Senden and Angel Cabrera). There were 12 different winners in their 20s all of last season.

Harman wins in his third start at the John Deere Classic: 2012/T19, 2013/MC, 2014/Win

Harman’s 2013-14 starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 25-17-6-1

Harman’s career starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 88-54-9-1

Brian Harman – John Deere Classic Statistics
Driving Accuracy 45 of 56 (80.4%) T8
Greens in Regulation 63 of 72 (87.5%) T1
Total Putts 116 T48
Driving Distance 286.9 27th
Strokes Gained – Putting -0.812 (-0.203 avg) 63rd

About Brian Harman

Birthdate: January 19, 1987
Birthplace/Resides: Savannah, Ga./St. Simons Island, Ga.
Family: Engaged
Height, Weight: 5-7, 150
Education: University of Georgia (2009, Finance)
Turned Pro: 2009
Joined TOUR: 2012

Harman is the 10th first-time winner on TOUR this season: Jimmy Walker, Kevin Stadler, Chesson Hadley, Matt Every, Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones, Seung-Yul Noh, Brendon Todd and Hideki Matsuyama. There were 12 first-time winners on TOUR last season.

The third-round leader/co-leader has now won 17 of 34 stroke-play events this season.

Harman converts his first third-round lead on TOUR into victory.

After three rounds in 2012, Harman was T3 at the John Deere Classic, before a final round, 2-over 73 resulted in a T19. In 2012, Harman was paired with eventual champion Zach Johnson in the second to last group of the day. Troy Matteson and Steve Stricker played in the final group that year.

Harman (a 2009 graduate of the University of Georgia) joins the large contingent of winners from Universities in the state of Georgia this season, including the University of Georgia (two-time winner Bubba Watson, Russell Henley, Chris Kirk, Harris English, Brendon Todd, Brian Harman), Georgia Tech (Matt Kuchar, Chesson Hadley) and Augusta State University (two-time winner Patrick Reed). Reed attended Georgia one season before transferring to Augusta State.

Harman is the 10th former Georgia Bulldog all-time to win on TOUR. Bubba Watson leads the group with five career wins.

Harman is making his 25th start of the season this week. He came into this week on the heels of back-to-back missed cuts at the Quicken Loans National and last week’s Greenbrier Classic.

Harman is the first lefthander to win the John Deere Classic since Sam Adams in 1973.

Since 2008, the only lefthanders to win on TOUR are Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and Ted Potter, Jr. Overall, Harman is the 11th lefthander to win on the PGA TOUR.

The John Deere Classic has produced 20 first-time PGA TOUR winners over the years – seven of those have come at TPC Deere Run (Michael Clark/2000, David Gossett/2001, Mark Hensby/2004, Sean O’Hair/2005, John Senden/2006, Jordan Spieth/2013 and Brian Harman/2013).

Harman earned the last spot into next week’s Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. The highest finisher among the top-5, not otherwise exempt, claimed next week’s last invite. Harman’s only previous start in a major championship was at the 2012 U.S. Open (MC).

Only 10 players have managed to win a PGA TOUR event the week before winning a major. Since 2000, the only two players to achieve the feat were Phil Mickelson (2006 BellSouth Classic/Masters Tournament) and Tiger Woods (2007 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational/PGA Championship).

Since moving to the TPC Deere Run in 2000, Harman is the seventh third-round leader to hold on for the win. The most recent after Harman was Steve Stricker in 2010.

Zach Johnson

Johnson has now posted 24 consecutive rounds in the 60s at TPC Deere Run (totaling 105-under). Not since the final round of 2008 (even-par 71) has Johnson posted a score in the 70s.

Making his 13th consecutive start in this event, Cedar Rapids’ Zach Johnson has made the cut 11 times at the John Deere Classic. Since 2011, Johnson has finished no worse than T3 in the event (T3-2011, 1st-2012 and T2-2013, 2nd-2014).

Johnson’s 2013-14 starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 19-17-5-1

Most wins on the PGA TOUR since the 2008 season:

Tiger Woods 18

Phil Mickelson 10

Zach Johnson 8

Dustin Johnson 8

Steve Stricker 8

So far this year, Johnson has collected five top-10 finishes, highlighted by his 11th career PGA TOUR win at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Johnson’s 8-under 63 in round one bests his previous low of 64 at the John Deere Classic, one of which came in round one last year.

Johnson’s bogey-free round on Thursday and Sunday was his 10th abd 11th at TPC Deere Run, a tournament record. Kevin Sutherland trails him with eight.

Johnson serves on the Board of Directors for the John Deere Classic.

Miscellaneous Notes

Since moving to the TPC Deere Run in 2000, only five of the 14 outcomes have been decided through a playoff (2013-Jordan Spieth, 2012-Zach Johnson, 2008-Kenny Perry, 2007-Mark Hensby and 2000-Michael Clark II).

Bo Van Pelt records his first top 10 since the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship (T6). He had 10 top-10s in 2012, but only two since.

Scott Brown (T5) made his third consecutive start in this week’s John Deere Classic. Prior to last year’s T22 finish, he claimed seventh-place honors in 2012. In 12 competitive rounds now at TPC Deere Run, Brown has yet to post a score higher than even-par 71. Brown made his 25th start of the season this week, with four top-10 finishes. Two of those came in his first four starts of the season (T3/Frys.com Open, T4/The McGladrey Classic). Most recently, he finished T5 at the RBC Heritage.

Jerry Kelly (T3) records his third top 10 at the John Deere Classic (2013/T4 and 2003/T8) in nine career starts. It is his second top 10 of the season.

Tim Clark (T5) records his third career top 10 at the John Deere Classic. He records his second top-10 finish of the season (T2/The McGladrey Classic). He began this week’s John Deere Classic on the heels of two straight missed cuts at the Travelers Championship and Greenbrier Classic.

Defending John Deere Classic champion Jordan Spieth finished T7, 7 strokes off the winning score. He started Sunday’s final round six strokes back, exactly as he did last year en route to his playoff victory.

Jhonattan Vegas began the week with three events left to earn $281,297 and retain his Major Major Extension for the remainder of the year. He finished T3 to earn $272,600. He will need to make $8,697 over his next two starts.

Bogey-free rounds:

R1: Zach Johnson (63), Rory Sabbatini (63), Todd Hamilton (64), William McGirt (64), Kevin Tway (65), Ryan Moore (66), Jerry Kelly (66), Bud Cauley (67), Chad Campbell (69), Joe Ogilvie (69).

R2: Tim Clark (63), Jonathan Byrd (66), Kevin Na (66), Bud Cauley (67), Brian Davis (68), John Senden (69).

R3: Scott Brown (61), Chad Campbell (62), Brad Fritsch (63), Tim Clark (64), Jerry Kelly (65), David Toms (67), Jordan Niebrugge (66), Paul Goydos (66), Retief Goosen (69).

R4: Zach Johnson (64), Jerry Kelly (66), Jhonattan Vegas (65).

Scoring Averages at the par-71 TPC Deere Run:

Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative

R1: 34.839 35.619 70.458

R2: 34.503 35.654 70.163 70.311

R3: 33.662 34.558 68.221 69.266

R4: 34.299 34.818 69.117 69.764

Source: PGA TOUR

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