2014 John Deere Classic results: Brian Harman gets 1st ever win, qualifies for British Open

Gregory Shamus

Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker, de facto hosts of the John Deere Classic, were in it again out in the Quad Cities but first-time winner Brian Harman held on over the final 18 holes to earn a spot in the Open Championship.

It's now officially British Open week, as Brian Harman earned the final berth into the field at Royal Liverpool by winning the John Deere Classic Sunday afternoon in Illinois. It was the first career win for Harman, who had never even led after a single round on the PGA Tour before this weekend.

On a course where there's always scores in the low 60s available, Harman needed to maintain a streaky pace over the final 18 holes. He did just that on Sunday, holding off John Deere Classic legends Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker and posting a final round 66 to win by a shot. He spent his Sunday loop in the final group with Stricker, who had won it three straight times before Johnson and then Jordan Spieth took the reins the last two years.

Harman picked up an eagle on just his second hole of the day to quickly answer an early move by Johnson, who in addition to the 2012 win now has three runner-up finishes at event that draws such a large home crowd from Iowa. There were some nerves exposed for Harman on his front nine, which included a missed putt from inside two feet early in his round and a sloppy bogey at the fifth hole. It was looking like he'd go out with a mediocre front nine 34, but then he poured a birdie putt in from almost 30 feet to post a red number as he made the turn.

That got everything back on track for his final nine, and he had it locked up by the 16th hole. Johnson continued to push him, however, and made sure Harman would need to get above 20-under in order to get that first career win. He responded with a birdie at the 10th, and then three straight red numbers on holes 14 through 16. The birdie on the par-3 16th hole gave him a two-shot cushion and some breathing room to play it conservatively over the final two holes. With the hole playing just over 150 yards, Harman dropped one on the front edge of the green in a perfect position for birdie.

Johnson was already helplessly in the clubhouse, playing a few groups ahead of Harman and the nerves went away down the stretch for the first-time winner and now British Open competitor. He'd drop a shot on the final hole as he played things extra safe up around the green with a two-shot lead. There weren't the hole-out fireworks we got from Jordan Spieth last year, but this was again a competitive and good pre-Open event out in the heartland.

While this is his signature win to date, Harman is not exactly a no-name. He's a solid prospect, who had won a U.S. Junior Amateur championship and competed on multiple Walker Cup teams. Now he's the 156th player in the field at Hoylake, and fortunately, he had his passport on him out in the Quad Cities this week. He's off to Royal Liverpool.

Here are the final results from the week at TPC Deere Run:

Place Player Score Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Total
1 Brian Harman -22 63 68 65 66 262
2 Zach Johnson -21 63 67 69 64 263
T3 Jhonattan Vegas -19 69 68 63 65 265
T3 Jerry Kelly -19 66 68 65 66 265
T5 Tim Clark -18 72 63 64 67 266
T5 Scott Brown -18 67 70 61 68 266
T7 Bo Van Pelt -16 67 69 67 65 268
T7 Jordan Spieth -16 71 64 67 66 268
T7 Ryan Moore -16 66 67 67 68 268
T7 Johnson Wagner -16 66 65 69 68 268
T11 Steven Bowditch -15 64 67 70 68 269
T11 Steve Stricker -15 68 65 64 72 269
T13 Kevin Na -14 68 66 71 65 270
T13 Bryce Molder -14 73 65 67 65 270
T13 Shawn Stefani -14 73 67 64 66 270
T13 Chad Campbell -14 69 71 62 68 270
T13 David Toms -14 65 70 67 68 270
T13 Daniel Summerhays -14 69 68 65 68 270
T13 Brad Fritsch -14 70 68 63 69 270
T20 Kevin Kisner -12 68 72 68 64 272
T20 Troy Merritt -12 68 70 66 68 272
T20 D.H. Lee -12 72 66 66 68 272
T23 John Rollins -11 72 68 66 67 273
T23 Charlie Beljan -11 71 68 66 68 273
T23 Charles Howell III -11 66 68 67 72 273
T23 William McGirt -11 64 66 69 74 273
T27 Luke Guthrie -10 69 69 69 67 274
T27 Dicky Pride -10 70 70 66 68 274
T27 Justin Hicks -10 66 70 70 68 274
T27 Steven Ihm -10 73 65 68 68 274
T27 Glen Day -10 72 65 69 68 274
T27 Jordan Niebrugge -10 71 68 66 69 274
T27 Tommy Gainey -10 70 68 67 69 274
T27 Russell Henley -10 70 67 68 69 274
T27 Will MacKenzie -10 73 65 67 69 274
T27 Scott Langley -10 69 70 65 70 274
T37 Greg Chalmers -9 70 68 71 66 275
T37 Ben Crane -9 69 70 69 67 275
T37 Robert Streb -9 65 69 72 69 275
T37 Davis Love III -9 69 70 67 69 275
T37 Nicholas Thompson -9 67 71 68 69 275
T37 Alex Prugh -9 68 68 69 70 275
T37 Rory Sabbatini -9 63 70 71 71 275
T37 Brian Davis -9 72 68 64 71 275
T45 David Hearn -8 71 69 69 67 276
T45 John Senden -8 68 69 71 68 276
T45 Brice Garnett -8 68 71 68 69 276
T45 Andres Romero -8 71 68 68 69 276
T45 Trevor Immelman -8 66 71 70 69 276
T45 Camilo Villegas -8 70 67 69 70 276
T45 Brendon de Jonge -8 65 75 65 71 276
T52 Richard Lee -7 70 70 69 68 277
T52 Stewart Cink -7 69 66 74 68 277
T52 Jonathan Byrd -7 74 66 68 69 277
T52 Heath Slocum -7 69 70 68 70 277
T52 Kevin Chappell -7 68 69 70 70 277
T52 Kevin Tway -7 65 69 72 71 277
T52 Bud Cauley -7 67 67 69 74 277
T59 Chris Stroud -6 69 71 70 68 278
T59 Retief Goosen -6 71 69 69 69 278
T59 Todd Hamilton -6 64 69 73 72 278
T59 Wes Roach -6 67 69 70 72 278
T63 Bobby Wyatt -5 69 71 71 68 279
T63 Kyle Stanley -5 71 67 72 69 279
T63 Mark Wilson -5 71 69 69 70 279
T63 Derek Ernst -5 69 71 68 71 279
T63 J.J. Henry -5 68 67 72 72 279
T68 Ricky Barnes -4 68 70 72 70 280
T68 Sean O'Hair -4 67 70 69 74 280
T70 Chad Collins -3 69 71 70 71 281
T70 Paul Goydos -3 69 71 66 75 281
T72 Edward Loar -2 70 68 72 72 282
T72 Marc Turnesa -2 69 71 66 76 282
T74 Harris English -1 67 73 74 69 283
T74 Jamie Lovemark -1 69 71 71 72 283
T76 Cameron Beckman 2 69 69 74 74 286
T76 John Merrick 2 71 69 71 75 286

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