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Harman shakes off disappointment, shoots 66 at BMW

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CARMEL, Ind. – Brian Harman has shot 68 or better in four of his past five rounds on the PGA Tour.

The day he didn’t was very costly. 

Harman entered the final round of last week’s Deutsche Bank Championship in second place, three shots off the lead. He blew up during a closing 77 and plummeted into a tie for 24th, squandering not just some serious cash but also valuable FedEx Cup points. He now sits 57th in the standings.

Three days after that final-round disaster, Harman made four birdies and an eagle during a bogey-free 66 Thursday at the BMW Championship. When he finished his round, he was only one shot back of Roberto Castro.

“You’ve got to be able to put that kind of stuff behind you,” he said. “I know that I’m playing well.”

Harman described Monday’s final round as “very odd,” because he’d played so well over the first three rounds. But Harman, despite living in wind-blown St. Simons Island, has struggled at times in changing conditions this season, and on the last day there were 25-mph gusts.

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“Monday was really hard for me to swallow because I felt like I was going to contend in that tournament,” he said. “I felt really good and I felt the conditions were playing to my advantage. I felt like I was trying to outlast everybody, and I got killed by that stuff. I was very disappointed with that.”

In an opening round that was delayed more than three hours because of inclement weather, Harman made four birdies in his first 11 holes at Crooked Stick before striping a 3-wood to 15 feet on 15 and then holing the putt for eagle.

When asked how important it was for him to rebound so quickly after Monday’s letdown, Harman shrugged: “I don’t know, I guess really important. I’ll be able to tell you more at the end of the week.”