Open Leader Brian Harman Likens 'Patience' and 'Strategy' Of Hunting To Golf Ahead Of Hoylake Final Round

The American opened up on his love for hunting after posting a two-under-par round of 69 on Saturday to keep his five-stroke lead

Brian Harmon looks on during The Open
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Brian Harman will take a five stroke lead into the final round of the 151st Open at Royal Liverpool, and he'll be hoping to lean on the patience and strategy that he has developed from his passion of hunting.

He said he was proud of how he stayed patient on the course in round three after dropping two early shots before coming back to shoot two-under.

"Staying patient out there is paramount," he said. "Sometimes it's a lot harder than others. But really proud of the way that I hung in there."

The American's love for hunting has been one of many stories this week and he spoke a bit more about it after his third round 69 at Hoylake on Saturday evening.

"Yeah, the patience and the strategy for sure," Harman said on what assets from hunting help his golf.

"When I go out turkey hunting I can spend all day out there, and like I said, hunting is something else that I do that makes me lose track of time.

"We've been on some really cool elk hunts out in Colorado, really tough hunting, tons of elevation, and then after we harvest the animal, having to pack it out. You talk about six to eight hours packing this thing up and down these mountains.

"Yeah, it's just something I really enjoy doing. I enjoy putting meat in the freezer. Like I said, we eat wild meat a lot at home. It's cool to know where my meat comes from. We do it a lot and I love it. 

"My dad used to take me hunting, but we always made it a point that I knew how to skin a deer when I was eight years old. It was all part of it, start to finish. I enjoy it start to finish.

"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."

Harman, who would almost certainly secure a spot on the US team for a debut Ryder Cup appearance in September, will also be heading to East Lake again as part of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. That's one of his proudest achievements, he told media following his Saturday round.

"This year will be the 12th straight year that I've made the FedExCup Playoffs. I'm not sure how many guys have done that. I'm proud of that."

And how will he win his maiden Major on Sunday? By "staying in the moment".

"You'd be foolish not to envision, and I've thought about winning Majors for my whole entire life. It's the whole reason I work as hard as I do and why I practise as much as I do and why I sacrifice as much as I do," he said.

"Tomorrow if that's going to come to fruition for me, it has to be all about the golf. It has to be execution and just staying in the moment."

The left-hander plays in the final group on Sunday with Cameron Young at 2.15pm local time (9.15am ET).

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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