Harman (66) has moved on from U.S. Open

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CROMWELL, Conn. – Brian Harman has moved on. He’s not fixated on his major near-miss last week at the U.S. Open, the final-round 72 that dropped him into a tie for second, or even his victory last month at the Wells Fargo Championship.

When the left-hander teed off early Thursday at the Travelers Championship those chapters were closed, and he immediately began a new phase.

“I put all that to bed,” Harman said. “Once the tournament's over with, it's over with for me. Obviously I would have loved to have won last week but my focus is on this week and trying to play well.”


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To prove the point, Harman birdied his first two holes on Day 1 at TPC River Highlands, turned in 2 under, and opened his closing nine with three consecutive birdies on his way to a first-round 66 that left him two strokes off the early pace.

It marked the sixth time Harman has started a week with an under-par card in his last seven starts, which is a testament to his ability to avoid the pitfalls that sometimes come with success.

“For me sometimes I kind of let my expectations get a little too high, so I almost try to lower expectations after a big week and try to get back to what I was working on,” Harman said.