Harmeling claims maiden BMW Jamaica Classic with final hole birdie

By Pgatour May 19, 2019

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.

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