At this time, Harold Varner III focuses on the victory of Charles Schwab’s Challenge and his first victory on the PGA Tour


FORT WORTH, Texas — If Harold Varner III has been disappointed by his round Saturday to Challenge Charles Schwab at Colonial Country Club, it was difficult to tell.Among the 13 golfers within 3 strokes of the leader, Xander Schauffele, Varner was one of two not to break the by in the third round. Varner missed on three attempts for birdie on 7, 16 and 17 of the inside of 8 feet. He made his only birdie of the day on the first hole, getting up and down from the bunker greenside with ease. He made his only bogey on number 14, after his second stop plugged in the bunker.

After having shared the lead on the first lap and be entered as a leader of 36 holes on Saturday, Varner enters the final round 2 shots back of Schauffele in a tie for seventh.

“I, of course, still a chance, said Varner. “You shoot even some Saturdays, he can kind of get away from you a bit, having a chance to win. I just want to have a chance with nine holes to go, and at this time, we have a chance with 18. ”

He has previously held posts such as this one. Varner has played in the penultimate group in the final round in the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club earlier this season and concluded with a 3-over 74 to finish tied for 13th. In 2019, it was in the last group at the PGA Championship with Brooks Koepka in Bethpage, firing an 81 on Sunday to finish tied for 36th.

“He has always been ahead on most of its ability to be resilient,” said Press McPhaul, who was the coach of Varner to the Caroline Is. ” e want to say, it is a trait learned for everyone, no? But some just seem to have more of an innate ability to bounce back, so every time he was in university, I never worried about him playing. You worry for some guys if they are going to a par-5 and make a double, they could tank. But with him, a bad shot or a bad break, something seemed to sharpen his attention.

McPhaul is now the coach at NC State, and he had Varner, age 29, address of its golf team on a call-Zoom earlier in the month. The lesson was about adversity. Varner recalled its top 3-wood at Riviera, on the number 10 that has traveled only 129 meters, suddenly the duffer weekend is accustomed to, not a pro tour.

“l spoke to just blow that off, laughing about it and move quickly to the next photo. He said to me : “okay, let’s move on and take the next. “He is the most ready on the big stage with what he has done these last two days than it has ever been,” said McPhaul before the round on Saturday of Varner. ” the has matured here over the last two years, and I just think it is indicating that it is ready to get into position and do it. ”

Given the unrest around the country since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Varner, as one of three golfers afro-american on the PGA Tour, has said that he wants to have an impact on lives and make a difference in the game of golf, even if he has not seen the discrimination grow in the sport.

A victory Sunday would be the first of his career on the PGA Tour and happen at a unique moment in history, and Varner would become the first golfer of african-american to win at Colonial, as well.

But these are questions that he would prefer not to discuss at this point. When it is over, it is concentrated there.

After his round on Saturday, Varner said he would work on his putting, after having hit the ball (13 out of 14 fairways). After 125 feet of putts on Thursday, and more than 113 feet of putts on Friday, he made a little over 36 feet of putts on Saturday.

To make history – personal and otherwise, maybe it will perform better. Varner has three big winners – Gary Woodland, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth – between him and Schauffele in the standings; and there are three others — Patrick Reed, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy — just behind him.

“e know what to do; I just have to go out there and do it now,” said Varner. “is a bit different. I have the impression that each time I am more and more able to do it, so I’m just excited to have a chance. “


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