Home comfort helps Harman fly high at Sea Island
(Reuters) - Brian Harman took advantage of home comforts, ideal weather and a red-hot putter as he charged into a share of the lead in Thursday's opening round of the $5.6 million McGladrey Classic at Sea Island in Georgia.
The diminutive American left-hander, who won his first PGA Tour title at the John Deere Classic in July, mixed six birdies with a lone bogey on the way to a sparkling five-under-par 65 in the third event of the 2014-15 season.
Harman birdied four of his last seven holes on the Seaside Course to end the day level with compatriots Michael Thompson, Will MacKenzie and double heart-transplant recipient Erik Compton.
Pencil-slim American Chesson Hadley, the PGA Tour's Rookie of the Year for the 2013-14 season, was among a group of eight players who opened with 66s.
Harman, born in nearby Savannah and a resident at Sea Island, rebounded strongly from a bogey on his fifth hole of the day, the par-four 14th, to surge into a four-way tie at the top of the leaderboard.
"I got off to a little bit of a shaky start but finally figured it out and made some good swings, made some putts and felt really good," the 27-year-old told Golf Channel.
The short five-minute commute from his home to the golf course was another huge bonus for Harman.
"It's great," he smiled. "It's the only tournament of the year I get to sleep in my own bed. I'm fortunate to be lucky enough to live down here and even more fortunate to have a tournament in my back yard."
Thompson, like Harman, flourished on the ultra-smooth greens at Sea Island. Continued...