First things first — we love Harold Varner III.
First East Carolina University golfer to make a name for himself on the PGA Tour. Great guy, big personality, from humble background.
We couldn’t help but moan and groan over Harold’s exploits on the back nine at Riviera on Sunday.
Suffice to say HVIII was off to a running start with eagle at the first hole to start his Sunday. HE GRABBED THE LEAD!!!!
He kept it together pretty well through nine — was one-under par, 10-under for the tournament — looking good for a HUGE payday.
But then came the tee shot at the 302-yard 10th. He CHUNKED a three-wood tee shot that went all of 129 yards. Trying hitting a second into that pimple of a green with 170-something in. Needless to say he missed the green and would end up with a double-bogey six. Things only got worse from there — bogeys at the par five 11th and 14th. A birdie at 17 helped but then with a par tap-in from inside two feet at the closing hole — HE MISSED. That putt probably cost him north of $70,000.
Add that double and par at 10 would have probably translated into a pay day north of $700,000 instead of the $176,000, give or take, that he ended up with.
COME ON HAROLD!!!!
We feel bad for our fellow ECU Pirate and will provide him with a comfy Purple and Gold lounge chair in the Dog House.