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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