July’s major championships produced two surprise winners:  Allisen Corpuz won the U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach and Brian Harman won The Open at Hoylake.  Neither golfer was on the radar of the pundits when they made their predictions about who would win.

Corpuz was a rookie in 2022, and had three top-10 finishes.  Prior to her Open victory, she had two more top-10 finishes in 2023 before her breakthrough win, so she certainly showed plenty of promise.  She’s 25 years old, which would be young in the men’s game but is a bit older by LPGA standards; however, with the game she has shown so far, she will be in the winner’s circle again, and most likely multiple times before her career is done.

Harman grew up in Savannah, Georgia, and was the top-ranked junior player in the country when he signed with the University of Georgia to play golf.  After bouncing around on the mini-tours for a while, he made the PGA Tour in 2012.  He was a solid, if unspectacular, player, until his first victory in 2014 at the John Deere Classic.  He won again in 2017 at the Wells Fargo Championship before winning the Open in July.  Harman has always been a steady player, making most cuts, contending with some frequency and winning every few years.  He dominated The Open field with a complete game, and is in serious contention to be considered for the U.S. Ryder Cup team this fall.

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