Harold Varner III
Harold Varner III (born August 15, 1990) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. Despite his smaller stature, Varner is one of the longer drivers on tour. Varner is one of just a handful of African-American professional golfers. He won the Australian PGA Championship in December 2016.
|Harold Varner III|
|Born||August 15, 1990|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)|
|Residence||Jacksonville Beach, Florida|
|College||East Carolina University|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Former tour(s)||Web.com Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour of Australasia||1|
|Best results in major championships|
|U.S. Open||CUT: 2013, 2018|
|The Open Championship||T66: 2016|
|PGA Championship||T36: 2019|
Varner was born in Akron, Ohio, but raised in Gastonia, North Carolina where he played golf at Forestview High School. He played his collegiate golf at East Carolina University and was the first player in school history to be named Conference USA player of the year. He also competed in the 2010 U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington.
Varner turned professional in 2012, missing the cut at the Chiquita Classic. Prior to playing on the Web.com Tour, he played on the eGolf Tour and Florida Tour. He qualified for the 2013 U.S. Open, but missed the cut.
Varner started playing on the Web.com Tour in 2014, making 13 cuts in 21 tournaments with two top-10 finishes. His best finish was T-2 at the Rex Hospital Open. He finished 30th on the money list in his first full season. He also played in two PGA Tour events, the Northern Trust Open (T70) and Wells Fargo Championship (missed cut).
In 2015, he had a fairly consistent season that includes five top-25 finishes and a runner-up finish at the Panama Claro Championship. He finished 25th on the Web.com Tour regular season money list, the last guaranteed spot, to earn a PGA Tour card for the 2015–16 season. Varner is the first African American golfer to advance to the PGA Tour via the Web.com Tour.
In December 2016, Varner earned his first professional golf victory by winning the Australian PGA Championship, a tournament co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and the European Tour. He is only the second American to win the Australian PGA Championship and the first since Hale Irwin won it in 1978. He also became the third black man to win on the European Tour after Vincent Tshabalala of South Africa and Tiger Woods.
In May 2019, Varner was tied for second heading into the final round of the PGA Championship on Bethpage Black outside of New York City. He played in the final group with eventual champion Brooks Koepka but shot 81 in windy conditions to finish tied for 36.
Professional wins (1)Edit
European Tour wins (1)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Dec 4, 2016
|Australian PGA Championship
(co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia)
|−19 (65-72-67-65=269)||2 strokes||Andrew Dodt|
European Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||2015||Australian PGA Championship||Dylan Frittelli, Nathan Holman||Holman won with par on first extra hole|
Results in major championshipsEdit
|The Open Championship||T66|
|The Open Championship|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
- "Harold Varner Bio". ECU Pirates. Archived from the original on September 12, 2015. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
- "American Harold Varner III wins Australian PGA Championship". ESPN. Australian Associated Press. December 4, 2016.
- "Past Champions". Australian PGA Championship. Retrieved January 22, 2017.