American Brian Harman thwarted Dustin Johnson’s attempt at a fourth straight PGA title by draining a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole of the Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday in Wilmington, North Carolina.
He defeated Johnson and Pat Perez by one stroke to win $1.4 million. It’s his second PGA Tour title and he shot a 4-under 68 in the final round.
“It’s surreal,” Harman said. “I three-putted that 15th hole, knew it was going to be tough to birdie those last couple. But I stuck to my game plan and just did it. Did the best I could.”
Harman stole the spotlight away from Johnson, who suddenly came into the lead with a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 18 as first Harman, then Perez, then Patrick Reed fell by the wayside.
Reed was the leader through 54 holes but had four bogeys over six holes on the back nine. Harman had a three-putt bogey on No. 15 and Perez double bogeyed No. 14.
Perez fired back with a birdie on 16 and another on 18. Perez and Johnson were tied through 18 before Harman drilled his putt. That left only Jon Rahm with a chance. He needed an eagle to get into the playoff but fired it way too long.
It’s Harman’s first win since the 2014 John Deere Classic.