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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
Personal information
Born (1990-08-15) August 15, 1990 (age 28)
Akron, Ohio
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceJacksonville Beach, Florida
CollegeEast Carolina University
Turned professional2012
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
Former tour(s) Tour
Professional wins1
Number of wins by tour
European Tour1
PGA Tour of Australasia1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
U.S. OpenCUT: 2013, 2018
The Open ChampionshipT66: 2016
PGA ChampionshipT36: 2019


Amateur careerEdit

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.[1] He also competed in the 2010 U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington.

Professional careerEdit

Varner turned professional in 2012, missing the cut at the Chiquita Classic. Prior to playing on the 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 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 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 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.[2] He is only the second American to win the Australian PGA Championship and the first since Hale Irwin won it in 1978.[3] 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
(2017 season)
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)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2015 Australian PGA Championship   Dylan Frittelli,   Nathan Holman Holman won with par on first extra hole

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament
The Open Championship T66
PGA Championship CUT
Tournament 2019
Masters Tournament
PGA Championship T36
U.S. Open
The Open Championship
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Harold Varner Bio". ECU Pirates. Archived from the original on September 12, 2015. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  2. ^ "American Harold Varner III wins Australian PGA Championship". ESPN. Australian Associated Press. December 4, 2016.
  3. ^ "Past Champions". Australian PGA Championship. Retrieved January 22, 2017.

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