ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Brian Harman’s season was highlighted at Royal Liverpool with his six-shot victory in the British Open, the first major championship for the former University of Georgia player and St. Simons Island resident.
But the feisty left-hander has no plans to make that his career highlight. At the age of 36 Harman said he hasn’t lost any will to keep grinding to add more accomplishments to a resume that includes three PGA Tour victories, his first Ryder Cup appearance and more than $32 million in career earnings.
“I’m just going to keep working as hard as I can,” said the No. 9 player in the world during a news conference on Tuesday at the Sea Island Club, the site of this week’s RSM Classic.
Harman, the highest-ranked player in this week’s field, hasn’t played since the Ryder Cup ended on Oct. 1 and hasn’t played in a stroke-play event on Tour since the Tour Championship. After this week, he won’t play again until the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii Jan. 4-7.
But Harman has been hitting the gym and staying busy on the hunting preserve he owns in rural Georgia, doing all manners of manual labor.
His only regret is that the Ryder Cup put a dent in his usual fall hunting schedule where he’d travel to the Rocky Mountains to hunt elk with a bow.
“With my place [the hunting preserve] I’m such a perfectionist,” Harman said. “I haven’t done much hunting. I’ve done a ton more like dig ditches and get the water to move the right way, keeping the place dry and keeping the grass mowed and trying to fix roads. I’ve almost gotten more pleasure out of all the preparation than I have the actual hunting part. My dad and brother have been doing all the hunting.”
Harman cherishes his first Ryder Cup
But Harman didn’t mind the reason for not getting his annual trip to the Rockies. He said the Ryder Cup experience at Marco Simone in Rome, even with a U.S. loss, will be a priceless memory.
Harman went 2-2 in the matches and he and doubles partner Max Homa were the primary reasons the U.S. had hope going into Sunday’s singles. The two dusted off Shane Lawry and Sepp Straka 4 and 2 in foursomes and then beat Tommy Fleetwood and Nicolai Hojgaard 2 and…