Planet Golf — 30 August 2015 by GW staff and news services
Just call Harman ‘Ace’ — two  in one day

EDISON, N.J. — Brian Harman had better steer clear of the 19th hole.

After all, he had not one — but two — holes-in-one during the final round of The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club. Who knows what the bar tab might be, especially he’s heading into New York City with friends on Sunday night?

“Bad day to do it,” Harman agreed.

Harman, who closed with a 68, used a 7-iron to ace the third hole, which was playing to 183 yards. “(It) landed short, broke right in,” he recalled.

Harman said he looked at his caddie, Scott Tway, and told him that was his first hole-in-one in competition.

“He’s like, ‘Well, they come in bunches,'” Harman recalled. “I was like, Yeah, whatever.'”

Whatever, indeed.

The lefty then holed his 4-hybrid at No. 14, which played 218 yards on Sunday. “(It) hit right into the hill, killed it, rolled right in,” Harman said.

Harman, who came into The Barclays safely ranked 69th in the FedExCup, wasn’t quite done, either. He chipped up and was 14 inches of an eagle at No. 16 and nearly holed his 173-yard approach on the 17th hole. Instead, it stopped 12 inches from the cup.

“I knew it was going to be good off the face,” Harman said. “Obviously we can’t see up that hill. I heard the way they were reacting.

“It’s like, ‘Damn, man, I’m going to have three of these things today.’”

One thing is for sure, though. Thanks to Harman’s two aces, two fans will be thrilled because they are going to have their mortgages paid for a year courtesy of the Quicken Loans Hole-in-One Sweepstakes.

The last player to make two holes-in-one in a single round was Yusaku Miyazato at the 2006 Reno Tahoe Open (Barracuda Championship) The only other player to double up on aces was amateur, Bill Whedon at the 1955 Insurance City Open.

Harman wasn’t surprised that someone else had made two aces in a single round but he was shocked at how recent it was.

“I’m surprised it was only six years ago,” Harman said. “It would have been right before I got out here. I don’t remember who it was or when it happened.”

Harman said he’s probably made six or seven aces at home “messing around” — but these are his first on the PGA Tour.

“I’m still in a little shock about it,” Harman said. “It’s pretty crazy to play a hundred-some-odd tournaments and never have one, but to have two in the same tournament is pretty awesome.”

As for the balls, Harman isn’t quite sure what he did with them.

“They’re in the bag somewhere,” he said. “I might have given them away. I don’t know.”

The aces are the 40th and 41st on Tour during the 2014-15 season.

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