Brian Harman claimed his first major championship on Sunday, winning the British Open by six strokes at Royal Liverpool. Harman, 36, shot a final-round 1-under 70 to finish at 13 under par, the largest margin of victory at a men’s major since Bryson DeChambeau’s six-stroke win at the 2020 U.S. Open.
Harman never looked back after taking a five-shot lead into the final round. He played steady golf throughout the day, making birdies on holes 14 and 15 to extend his lead. He made an 8-foot par putt on the final hole to seal the victory.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Harman said. “I’ve been working hard for this for a long time. I’m just so happy to be here.”
Harman’s victory was a surprise to many. He had never finished better than 11th in a major before this week. But he showed that he is a major champion in the making, playing with poise and confidence throughout the week.
“I’ve always had a self-belief that I could do something like this,” Harman said. “I just had to stay patient and keep believing in myself.”
Harman’s win is a major boost for his career. He now has a five-year exemption in all the majors and will be a major contender for years to come. He is also likely to be a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup in September.
“This is just the beginning,” Harman said. “I’m excited to see what the future holds.”