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Harman's clutch birdie denies Johnson 4th straight win — Sports Briefly

08 May 2017, 04:09 | Clarence Schmidt

Wells Fargo: Brian Harman wins by one shot to claim second PGA Tour title

Dustin Johnson tips his hat to the fans on the 18th hole during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington N.C. Sunday

Feeling really great. I'm swinging it with no problems.

Here's what Harman had to say about his win immediately post-round... "But I guess it went where it was supposed to". He turned and pumped his arms in a wild celebration that ended in a hug with his caddie, Scott Tway, for a victory that was a long time coming.

The former University of Arizona player won three times previous year on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica.

Johnson was making his first appearance since suffering a freak back injury which forced him to pull out of the Masters just minutes before his first-round tee-time at Augusta National. It wasn't from a lack of trying.

He hit a pitch up the slope to four feet for birdie and a 68.

"Not much has changed", he said. "The first couple of days I didn't play great but then on the weekend I played really nicely so I'm happy where the game is going into next week".

"Hell of an up-and-down from back there", Perez said. Kerr won three weeks ago in Hawaii and lost to Haru Nomura last week on the sixth hole of a playoff in Texas. Jon Rahm of Spain finished alone in fourth. "I three-putted that 15th hole, knew it was going to be tough to birdie those last couple".

"I actually thought, man, this is a real bomber's paradise", he said.

And it was just enough.

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FedExCup leader and World No. 1 Dustin Johnson fashioned a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship to throw 9-under 279 on the board, up 13 spots to T1, tying the low round of the day and good for the 72-hole clubhouse lead.

But he slowly played his way back into the hunt and took a share of the lead with a 15-footer for birdie on the 18th hole.

Harman provided a moment of brilliance, though, when rolling in a superb 30-foot birdie putt to finish on -10, winning the tournament by one stroke from Johnson and Pat Perez, and the champion was thrilled to have got the job done. He shot 40 on the back nine and wound up tied for 12th at 283 following a 75.

Johnson was chasing history entering the event, looking to tie Tiger Woods as the last person to win four in a row since Ben Hogan did it in 1953.

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It was his second win on the PGA Tour to go along with his 2014 John Deere Classic triumph.

"It wasn't pretty at the end", Daly said. "But then I quit doing the things that got me to where I was".

The invitational, the tenth of the 2017 LPGA tour, is the tour's first Match Play event since 2012. He finished at 14-under 202 at The Woodlands. He opened with rounds of 68 and 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Kenny Perry into the final round. Perry had a 69, and Armour shot 67.

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