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British Open champ Brian Harman channeled his inner Kirby Smart: ‘I’m gonna hunt’

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Brian Harman’s convincing victory at the British Open Sunday has given Georgia golf another major champion.

The 36-year old Savannah native said he was inspired by words Georgia football coach Kirby Smart said before last season.

“I was a wreck last night,” Harman said, according to the Golf Channel. “I mean, I’ve been a wreck the whole week. But … I kept thinking about something Kirby Smart said, ‘I’m not gonna be hunted; I’m gonna hunt.'”

Harman joins two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson who won the green jacket in 2012 and 2014 as former Georgia golfers to win a major.

Harman, 36, never let up after holding the lead after the second and third rounds. He entered Sunday with a five-stroke cushion at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England and lifted the Claret Jug after winning by six.

“Dawgs on top! Congrats @harmanbrian,” Smart tweeted after the victory “Let’s celebrate this fall!”

I’ve always kind of — I just always pay attention when really successful people talk,” he said. “There’s always clues there as to how they feel. I’ve always admired the fact that even with all the success that he’s had, it’s all about the next play, the next game, the next week of practice. He knows that the results come because of what you do in the trenches.”

Harman said he’d plan to celebrate later Sunday by drinking a Guinness out of the Claret Jug.

Asked if he’d ever have to pay for a beer in Georgia again, Harman said: “I’ll be buying beers when I go home.”