Brian Harman is the current leader in the U.S. Open. The 5’7″, 150-pound golf pro is averaging 295 yards off the tee, putting him in prime position on top of the leaderboard this weekend.
Harman was born in Georgia on January 19, 1987. He has enjoyed playing golf since he was very young. He was on the golf team at the University of Georgia. He graduated with a degree in finance in 2009, the same year that he became a professional golfer.
Here is what you need to know:
1. Harman Is an Underdog at the U.S. Open
Despite his current lead, Harman is considered an underdog at the U.S. Open played at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin, this weekend. On Saturday, CBS Sports had Harman’s odds of winning at 15 percent. Bovada has Harman’s odds set at 5/1.
According to Golf Digest, Harman is hitting 88 percent of his fairways.
“I’m more motivated by the fact that I’ve made a plan and I’ve stuck to the plan so far. Obviously I have no idea what [Sunday] holds, but I’m more motivated by the way that I’m striking the ball. It’s the best I’ve struck the ball in a long time. And my short game is pretty good. I’ve been putting it pretty good,” Harman said.
2. Harman Won the Wells Fargo Championship in May
In 2010, Harman won his first pro tournament; the 2010 Manor Classic. He qualified for the U.S. Open in 2012. Two years later, Harman won his very first PGA Tour title at the John Deere Classic.
On August 30, 2015, Harman became part of a pretty exclusive list. He was at The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, New Jersey, when he sunk two holes-in-one in the same round. He is the third player in PGA Tour history to have ever done so.
On May 7, 2017, Harman won his second PGA Tour tournament at the Wells Fargo Championship held at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, North Carolina.
In addition, Harman also played for the U.S National Team in 2005, 2006, 2007, and in 2009.
3. Harman Is Married to Kelly Van Slyke & They Have 1 Child Together
In December 2014, Harman married Van Slyke. He proposed to her just eight months prior while the two were out hunting turkeys. The couple was planning to get married in November, but moved their wedding date to December because of the Georgia-Auburn football game slated for the Saturday they had originally chosen.
“I told her people won’t come to our wedding. If you want all the people that we like to come don’t do it on a Georgia football weekend,” Harman said.
Everything worked out perfectly, however. Harman and Slyke ended up tying the knot on December 13, 2014, given them the highly sought after date of 12/13/14.
“The date just turned out goofy like that,” Harmon previously said.
On June 8, 2016, the Harmans welcomed their first child, daughter Cooper Marie Harman, into the world.
Van Slyke used to be a pilates instructor, but she most recently worked as a radiation therapist at the UC San Diego Radiation Oncology Center.
4. Harman Has Earned Over $6 Million in His Golf Career
According to Golf Prize Money & Career Earnings, Harman has earned over $6 million over the past eight years. Those earnings put him at no. 227 on the PGA Career Earnings List.