Friday, February 14, 2014

John Harkey Jr. poses next to winner Jimmy Walker. (Getty Images) John Harkey Jr. poses next to Pebble Beach Pro-Am winner Jimmy Walker. (Getty Images)

off the concrete

"You had to be focused on wind, rain, etiquette and actually playing golf; You didn’t have time to be nervous," he said. "The guys were very nice to me and complimented me a few times. I didn’t feel like I shouldn’t be there."

At the pro-am before the 2012 HP Byron Nelson Classic, Harkey Jr. played with eventual tournament champ Jason Dufner (when Harkey Jr. asked Dufner why he didn't take practice swings on the green, Duf quipped "You don't take practice swings when you bowl do you?"), so Harkey Jr. broke the ice with Renner by telling him that he was a lucky playing partner. And it proved true. Harkey Jr. didn't lose a single ball in four rounds. The only close call occurred on No. 17 on Sunday, when he airmailed his tee shot on the 203-yard par 3 and struck a lady in the thigh. That saved the ball from bounding towards the ocean.

"For an amateur, it was a humbling and wonderful experience," Harkey Jr. said. "I could do it 1,000 times and not experience the same outcome."

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