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Brian Harman Claims First Major Title at The Open with Six-Shot Victory

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Brian Harman's victory

The final leaderboard of the 151st Open Championship
-13 B Harman (US); -7 T Kim (Kor), S Straka (Aut), J Day (Aus), J Rahm (Spa); -6 E Grillo (Arg), R McIlroy (NI)
Other selected scores: -4 M Jordan (Eng), T Fleetwood (Eng); -2 L Canter (Eng), A Fitzpatrick (Eng), T Hatton (Eng); E S Scheffler (US); +1 C Smith (Aus); +4 M Stewart (Sco)
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At the 151st Open Championship in Hoylake, Brian Harman skillfully claimed his first major title by a significant six-shot lead, despite an initial shaky start.

Harman ended with 13 under, after a confident one-under 70 was enough to secure his victory at the rain-drenched Royal Liverpool.

Among the runners-up were world number three Jon Rahm, Sepp Straka, Tom Kim, and Jason Day, all of whom finished joint second at seven under. Rory McIlroy ended at six under, while Matthew Jordan and Tommy Fleetwood were the leading English players, both tied at four under.

For Jordan, it was a week of fairytale, who was a Royal Liverpool member from the tender age of seven. His final round performance earned him a place in the top 10 and a qualification for next year’s Open at Royal Troon in Ayrshire.

As for Harman, the 36-year-old, 26th in the world rankings, becomes only the third left-hander to lift the Claret Jug – following Bob Charles in 1963 and Phil Mickelson in 2013.

The victory brought Harman a prize of £2.3m, marking his third career win and his first since 2017. His exceptional strategy and skill on the links were evident in his minimal bunker encounters and impressive putting stats.

Despite a minor stumble with bogeys on the second and fifth holes, Harman’s lead never fell below three. He managed to quickly regain control with consecutive birdies on the sixth and seventh holes. However, most of the day saw Harman well ahead with the others vying for second place.

Straka, Kim, and Rahm joined Australia’s Day, who made significant progress up the leaderboard, in the shared second spot. Meanwhile, Cameron Young and Viktor Hovland ended with less stellar results.

Reflecting on his performance, McIlroy commented, “Most times I tee it up, I’m right there. I can’t sit here and be too frustrated,”. He finished as the highest-placed UK player in joint sixth with Emiliano Grillo of Argentina.

Fleetwood, the home favourite, began the week strong but had a disappointing end with a triple-bogey six on the 17th hole. He ended up with four under, alongside Jordan.

Other notable performances included those of Lawrie Canter and Alex Fitzpatrick, both ending with two under, and Michael Stewart, who concluded as Scotland’s highest finisher at four over.

Lastly, the only amateur to complete all four rounds, South Africa’s Christo Lamprecht, concluded at 11 over, earning him the Silver Medal.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Brian Harman’s victory

Who won the 151st Open Championship?

Brian Harman won the 151st Open Championship.

How much was the prize money for the winner of the 151st Open Championship?

The winner, Brian Harman, collected a prize of £2.3 million.

Who were the runners-up in the 151st Open Championship?

Jon Rahm, Sepp Straka, Tom Kim, and Jason Day finished joint second at the 151st Open Championship.

What major achievement did Brian Harman make at the 151st Open Championship?

Brian Harman became the third left-handed player to win the Claret Jug, following Bob Charles in 1963 and Phil Mickelson in 2013.

Who was the highest-placed UK player at the 151st Open Championship?

Rory McIlroy was the highest-placed UK player, finishing in joint sixth with Emiliano Grillo of Argentina.

Who won the Silver Medal at the 151st Open Championship?

South Africa’s Christo Lamprecht won the Silver Medal as the only amateur to complete all four rounds.

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TeeTimeTina July 24, 2023 - 6:58 am

So happy for Harman! He’s an inspiration for all the left-handed players out there. More power to him!

ClubHouseCharlie July 24, 2023 - 8:25 am

Finally a Major for Harman!! Been waiting ages for this. No doubting his class now!

FairwayFred July 24, 2023 - 3:38 pm

not gonna lie, I was pulling for Rahm.. Harman’s play was simply awesome, he earned it for sure..

EagleEyeEd July 24, 2023 - 4:59 pm

Gutted for Fleetwood. triple-bogey at 17 really cost him. There’s always next year, Tom!


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