Brian Harman player profile

Who is Brian Harman?

He was the Champion Golfer of the Year in 2023, but who is Brian Harman? Check out our player profile on the American here…


Brian Harman is a long-time professional on the PGA Tour, with wins spanning almost a decade. He claimed his first major title in 2023 at the Open Championship.

He turned professional in 2009 after graduating from the University of Georgia with a finance degree. Whilst he was there, he won two collegiate events, and featured on the winning Walker Cup team twice. When he was picked for the 2005 American side, Harman was the youngest player to ever play in the amateur competition.

His first win as a pro came on the eGolf Professional Tour, winning the Manor Classic. He would have to wait four years before he grabbed a first win on the PGA Tour. That came at the John Deere Classic in 2014, where he beat out Zach Johnson by a single stroke. He also has wins at the Wells Fargo Championship and the QBE Shootout.

Harman’s biggest win to date came in July 2023. After two rounds of the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, the Georgia man led by five. It was a lead he would never relinquish, romping home to a comfortable victory in the rain on Sunday afternoon. It was his first major title, and it all but guaranteed him a place at the Ryder Cup for the first time in his career.

Brian Harman | Player Profile

Personal Information

Name: Brian Eric Harman
Born: January 19, 1987
Nationality: United States
Residence: St. Simons, Georgia, United States


College: University of Georgia
Turned Pro: 2009
Professional Wins: 5
Highest World Ranking: 8 – August 13, 2023

Best Results In Majors

Best Finishes:
Masters Tournament – T12 (2021)
PGA Championship – T13 (2017)
US Open – T2 (2017)
– Open Championship – WON (2023)

Professional Wins – 5

2010 (1) – Manor Classic
2014 (1) – John Deere Classic
2017 (1) – Wells Fargo Championship
2018 (1) – QBE Shootout
2023 (1) – Open Championship

Brian Harman | What’s In His Bag?

Apart from an eight-year-old TaylorMade putter, Harman’s bag is entirely Titleist. He plays a TSi2 driver and fairway woods, with U500 and 620 CB irons. A trio of Vokey SM9 wedges complete the set.

You can check out what is in Brian Harman’s bag here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Brian Harman

When and where was Brian Harman born?

Brian Harman was born in Savannah, Georgia on January 19, 1987. He started playing golf after his parents moved to a house located right next to a golf course.

When did Brian Harman turn professional?

Harman turned professional in 2009 after graduating with a finance degree from the University of Georgia. His first few years as a pro came on the eGolf Professional Tour before making the jump to the PGA Tour.

How many PGA Tour titles has Brian Harman won?

As of September 2023, Harman has four PGA Tour titles, including a major championship, to his name. The American won the John Deere Classic in 2014 to get his name in the winners’ circle. That was followed by victories at the Wells Fargo Championship and the QBE Shootout, before he won the Open Championship in 2023, his maiden major.

Brian Harman wins the open
Brian Harman holds the Claret Jug after winning the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in July 2023

Who is Brian Harman married to?

Harman is married to Kelly Van Slyke. The pair had been dating for several years before getting married in December 2014. The pair have two children, Copper and Walter. Van Slyke works as a radiation therapist.

Did you Know?

Double Ace

Harman became only the third player in the history of the PGA Tour to record two holes-in-one in the same round. He did so at the 2015 Barclays, striking aces at the 3rd and 14th holes.

Right To Left

Harman is actually right handed. He plays all other sports right handed. Golf is the only sport that he plays left handed.

The Hunter Gatherer

Harman is a keen hunter. Speaking about his passion at the 2023 Open Championship, the American said: “I’ve been a hunter my entire life. I enjoy the strategy of it. Yeah, we eat a lot of wild meat at my house, so I enjoy butchering, and I do a lot of hunting. Back home at the hunting place that I own, we plant food for the animals. We have prescribed fire for the animals. Everything we do is for the wildlife, and then when we harvest it, we respect it and take care of it and feed our families with it.”

Other Brian Harman Articles

Did you catch this horror show of a Masters back 9?

‘Take that’: Harman ready for Augusta after rowdy Open test

‘Brutal’ UK fans didn’t want me to win the Open: Brian Harman

Brian Harman wins the Open and there is no one more deserving

The Slam: Could Brian Harman be this year’s talisman for Team USA?

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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