A look back at Evan Harmeling's BMW Jamaica Classic win

By Sports Desk May 20, 2019

About eight hours after Evan Harmeling made a disappointing par on the 18th hole at Cinnamon Hill Golf Club to finish his suspended third round, he redeemed himself on that same hole, rolling in a testing, four-foot birdie putt to break the tie he was in with Augusto Núñez and win the 2019 BMW Jamaica Classic by a stroke.

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    The 2013 champion carded a three-under 68 on Saturday, a birdie at the last hole putting him within a stroke of leader Gary Woodland.

    Rose said being second meant he could go into Sunday with "nothing to lose".

    "I'm in a great position… had a great day with Gary. He's awesome to play with. For both of us, we are good friends, we have the same stable of management," he said.

    "From that point of view, it's going to be a fun day. One back gives me the freedom to feel like I've got everything to gain, nothing to lose. It's always a position that, it doesn't mean I have to approach the day any differently, if I was one ahead. I'm close enough that I have to build my plan, build my round of golf, be disciplined.

    "I'm not chasing, really, I'm so close to Gary that I have to go out and play my game. And I think it's going to be dictated by the pin placements and the weather as to how aggressive you can be and what it will take to win."

    Rose mixed five birdies with two bogeys in the third round despite hitting just nine greens in regulation.

    The Englishman, who needed only 23 putts during his round, said he had taken a step forward in terms of his ball-striking.

    "Maybe a one-click improvement. I don't know about my stats. My stats probably aren't great, hitting fairways, hitting greens," Rose said.

    "But I hit more quality golf shots. I did the right thing with the golf ball on a couple of occasions. You think, 'Okay, that's closer'.

    "So hopefully we can hit a couple more tomorrow. But I think [it's] going [in] the right direction."

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    Woodland ended the third round with a one-stroke lead following his two-under-par 69 in California on Saturday.

    Winner of three PGA Tour trophies but still searching for his major breakthrough, Woodland was two shots clear atop the leaderboard when he teed off on the penultimate day.

    The American's lead was cut to one by 2013 champion Justin Rose (68), however, Woodland is relishing the race to the finish line at Pebble Beach.

    "I don't need to change anything," Woodland told reporters. "It's more of enjoying the moment. I mean, this is what we play for. This is what I've worked so hard for.

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    "Once I settled in, after I made a birdie putt on eight, I settled in and then I was back to being myself. And that's what I've learned from that situation, is I can't control everybody else. I can control my attitude, and I can control my game. And that's what I'm out here to do."

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