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Brian Harman Dominates Field to Win The Open Championship

Brian Harman Dominates Field to Win The Open Championship
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Brian Harman clinched a maiden major title thanks to a dominant six shot victory at the rain-swept 151st Open Championship in Hoylake.

The 36-year-old American, who had previously been winless in six years, had already built up a cushion of 5 shots at the top of the leaderboard entering the final day at Royal Liverpool and remained at the top throughout the day, hitting four birdies and three bogeys to card a one-under 70 and finish the tournament on 13 under.

“Normally I just see players on TV and think ‘that’d be cool if it happened to me’,” he said to BBC Sport.

“It was just the perfect finish to what has been the most unbelievable week.”

Harman, ranked 10th in the world, jumping 16 places from 26th, also made history by becoming only the third left-hander to secure the Claret Jug mirroring Bob Charles in 1963 and Phil Mickelson in 2013.

Harman finished comfortably ahead of the rest of the pack which included a four-way tie for second that consisted of Masters champion Jon Rahm, Sepp Straka, Tom Kim, and Jason Day, all finishing on 7 under.

A fifth major triumph still remains elusive for World no. 2 Rory McIlroy who could only finish tied-sixth after a three-under 68.

Meanwhile, home favourite Tommy Fleetwood finished tied-10th alongside Max Homa and Matthew Jordan despite topping the leaderboard after the first round with a five-under 66.

The next event on the PGA TOUR is the 3M Open taking place between 27-30 July at TPC Twin Cities in Minnesota.