Brian Harman: The golfer who doesn’t just chase flags

“When I play badly I shoot pigs and turkeys and butcher them myself.” That statement has earned Brian Harman, since this Sunday champion of the 151st edition of the British Open, being nicknamed by the English press ‘The Butcher of Hoylake’, the ‘Butcher of Hoylake’.

Born 36 years ago in Savannah, Georgia, a key scene in the American Civil War, he may fit the prototype of a Second Amendment acolyte ‘redneck’. But, contrary to what it may seem, due to its location in the depths of the American South, it is a progressive enclave, in which the Democratic Party (the left, if it can be called that, of the country) garnered almost 59% of the votes in the last presidential elections.

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Brian Harman has his farm there, where moose, even some alligator, can be among the targets (in fact, in Hoylake they asked him sarcastically if the sheep in the area could be calm in case he did not make the cut) of this golfer who is only left-handed with a club in his hands. For everything else, he handles himself with his right hand.

Harman, this week at the British Open.
Harman, this week at the British Open. BEN STANSALLAFP

For example, in baseball, the other great sporting passion of a player who, before turning professional in 2009, and getting the PGA card in 2012, led an interesting amateur career: in 2003 he won the US Junior Amateur Championship; in 2005, the Players Amateur; and that same year and in 2009 he was part of two winning teams of the Walker Cup, the biennial amateur showdown between the United States and Great Britain and Ireland.

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In his college days, with the University of Georgia, he was also one of the best players in the country. And now he’s going from the middle class to the elite of American golf with his first major. In his bag is Scott Tway, the brother of Bob Tway, champion of the PGA Championship in 1986. And from this Monday it will be one more headache for Zach Johnson, the American captain for the Ryder, who now has another name underlined in red on his list of futures to be in Rome next September.

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