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Lefty Harman Hankers to Join Distinguished Trio

June 17, 2022 - 5:06 PM
Brian Harman is back in contention at a U.S. Open, where he can become the first left-handed champion in the event's history. (USGA/Jeff Haynes)

Though Phil Mickelson is the most famous left-handed player to flirt with winning the U.S. Open, having logged a record six runner-up finishes, Brian Harman is the most recent lefty to come that close. Mickelson’s most recent second came in 2013 at Merion, while Harman held a one-stroke lead after 54 holes at Erin Hills in 2017 before Brooks Koepka overtook him for the first of his back-to-back titles. Harman, a three-time All-America player at Georgia, went on to share second with Hideki Matsuyama, four strokes back. Harman is in the mix in Round 2 at The Country Club in his seventh U.S. Open start, holding a share of second place after 12 holes on Friday. The 2003 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, Harman could join an impressive trio of players who have won that title and the U.S. Open – Johnny Miller, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth. Woods captured both championships three times.