Harman's clutch birdie denies Johnson

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Diminutive left-hander Brian Harman rolled in a 30-foot birdie at the final hole to win the Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday and end Dustin Johnson's quest for his first victory since withdrawing from the US Masters.

He closed with a four-under-par 68 at Eagle Point in Wilmington, N.C., for his second PGA Tour victory. Brian Harman sank a 28-foot birdie putt on the final hole yesterday to win the PGA Wells Fargo Championship, edging top-ranked Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez by a stroke.

Johnson went from making the cut on the number to a 67-67 weekend and had the lead until Harman birdied the last two holes. He entered the week having won his last three starts. "I have been fighting really hard. Just trusting that I'm pretty good at what I do".

And it was just enough. Johnson made the cut on the number, and then went 67-67 on the weekend, including a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole, to almost pull out another victory.

"I didn't really get to practise leading into this tournament.so most of my practise I've done since I've been here", he said.

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On the decisive par-5 18th hole, Harman's second shot sailed over the green near a corporate tent.

Perez headed upstairs to the clubhouse to hang out with Johnson, and when Harman left himself a long birdie chance on the 18th, they were gearing up for a playoff.

Jutanugarn, a five-time victor previous year, won the par-5 10th with a birdie, Kim took the par-4 12th with a birdie, and Jutanugarn cut the deficit to two holes with a par win on the par-4 14th. "Not much has changed". "I had my opportunities to flip the scores on holes but I never could do it", Perry said. "The first couple days I didn't play that great, but really played nicely on Saturday and Sunday and so I'm happy with where the game is going into next week", Johnson said.

The invitational, the tenth of the 2017 LPGA tour, is the tour's first Match Play event since 2012. He made short birdie putts at 12 and 13, missed the green at 15 and 16 but pitched to three feet and sank tense par putts, then closed with a 15-foot birdie putt. From there, however, he made the winning putt.

Spain's rising star Jon Rahm ended up in fourth on -8 after a final round 71 while Smylie Kaufman, Kevin Tway and Seung-Yul Noh were in a three-way share of fifth on -7.

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