About eight hours after Evan Harmeling made a disappointing par on the 18th hole at Cinnamon Hill Golf Club to finish his suspended third round, he redeemed himself on that same hole, rolling in a testing, four-foot birdie putt to break the tie he was in with Augusto Núñez and win the 2019 BMW Jamaica Classic by a stroke.

It was Harmeling’s first career PGA TOUR Latinoamérica win and prevented Núñez from finally breaking through after the Argentine has been the most consistent player through the Tour’s first six events. This was Nunez’s fourth top-10 of the year and his best finish.  A hard-charging Leandro Marelli shot a final-round 65 to move from ninth to third, two shots shy of Harmeling.

The day, however, belonged to the 30-year-old New Englander. Despite shooting his worst score of the week, a 1-under 71, it was enough for Harmeling to eke out the win. He played the final two holes of his third round early Sunday morning, making back-to-back pars on the 17th and 18th. He returned to the course for his final round and was 2-under through seven holes and holding onto a three-shot lead.

At No. 8, he watched his streak of 48 consecutive bogey-free holes ended with a bogey-5. He continued to cruise along, maintaining his three-stroke cushion as Nunez double-bogeyed the 13th hole. Harmeling “gave it right back” after five consecutive pars when he dropped two shots with a double bogey of his own on the par-4 14th. Núñez’s two late birdies, on Nos. 16 and 17, pulled him even with Harmeling, when Harmeling could only par the 17th, setting up the late-tournament heroics on the 18th hole.

On the final hole, Harmeling was on the par-5 green in two. “I hit just a perfect shot coming in there, doing exactly what I wanted to do. I was expecting more adrenalin to get me maybe an extra three or four yards, which didn’t really happen,” Harmeling said.

Needing only a birdie to win, he rolled his 31-foot eagle putt four feet past the hole, making for some tense moments for his final stroke of the tournament.
“I had no touch control on that first putt. I blasted it four feet by,” he said. “I was just thankful I’ve been putting in the work and feel confident with my putting stroke. I felt good about that last putt.”

 With the win, Harmeling moves from 72nd on the Order of Merit to No. 8.

When Evan Harmeling wakes up Sunday morning, he will walk to the 17th-green fringe and play his third shot, a look at eagle. He will finish that hole, play No. 18 and then have a long wait until the start of his fourth round. That’s when he’ll see if he can win the BMW Jamaica Classic. 

Some amazing golf at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course has left the Caribbean’s best outside of the cut for the final two days of play at the BMW Jamaica Classic in Montego Bay. 

Evan Harmeling has not had the low score in either the first round or the second round. What Harmeling does have is the low 36-hole score after consecutive 66s left him at 12-under, good for a one-shot lead over Guatemala’s José Toledo, Argentina’s Augusto Núñez and American Dawson Armstrong at the BMW Jamaica Classic. Five players are two strokes in back of Harmeling, who has never won a PGA TOUR Latinoamérica tournament.

In his opening-round 66, Harmeling had one hiccup during his day, a bogey at No. 13. Since then, he has played 23 consecutive holes with either a par or birdie. Harmeling did most of his damage on Cinnamon Hill Golf Club’s front nine Friday, with two par-4 birdies and back-to-back birdies on the par-5 fifth and sixth holes, the latter birdie a bit disappointing as his “good look” for eagle just missed. “It was a good little stretch there,” Harmeling said. He also had what he called a “nice par” on his closing hole to not give up a stroke. His other birdies during the round came at Nos. 10 and 18.

Harmeling has played 55 previous PGA TOUR Latinoamérica tournaments, his best finish coming in the final event of the 2018 season—the Shell Championship, a runner-up showing as he fell short of winner Harry Higgs. This season, Harmeling has struggled for consistency, with two missed cuts and a tie for 40th the best finish of his three made cuts.

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