But it took a moment of magic that he wouldn’t finally forget to break into the world’s top 50.
At the Saudi International earlier in February, Varner dunked a gigantic 92-foot-high eagle from the green to snatch victory from his friend Bubba Watson.
Varner later admitted to CNN that while “everyone thought she was going in,” he “wasn’t sure.”
This thrilling victory propelled him to 45th place in the world rankings, Varner said, and it would be a moment he would “talk about for the rest of my life”.
“I still can’t believe she got in,” Varner told CNN’s Sean Koback. “I knew I had a chance and that’s what you want.
When asked about his place in his professional career so far, Varner said: “He’s No. 1 at the moment.”
He also realized that his place in the 50 best golfers in the world would open doors for him.
“I wanted (to be in the top 50), which is great,” he told a news conference. “That’s the point, man. It makes you play in things I haven’t played in. I’ve played in some big events here and there, but that’s why we play.
“I was on the cusp of it after Hilton Head and I didn’t do it, and I played a lot of golf. Frickin A. That’s all I wanted to know when I was sitting there.”
Not only did Varner achieve the golf ratings, but he also made his way back to Charlotte, USA, having earned nearly $1 million.
Since his first professional win in 2016 at the Australian PGA Championship, Varner has undergone a somewhat barren spell.
Between December 2016 and February 2022, Varner did not win a professional golf tournament.
But his faith never wavered during that time. “I never questioned my ability,” he said.
“The only people who doubt that are the people who are sitting here, and they’re like, ‘Man, he has to win. “But I’m not going in anyone’s way here. I do what I’m supposed to do and things come.
“Life happened. My wife, my girlfriend at the time, her brother died a week later and we were partying. Things I wasn’t ready to be a man about. I can sit here and tell you like I just didn’t know how to handle it because I don’t know, I think it’s hard to deal with. These things only hinder the focus on golf.
“When you’re a kid and there’s nothing else you do, it’s just golf. No, I wouldn’t change a thing. How cool is that? It didn’t happen in a long time, and the way it happened there, it’s frickin’ cool.”
During that time, Varner explained that he’s grown a lot both as a player and as a man.
When asked at his press conference after his victory in Saudi Arabia if he had become more of a spokesperson for Harold Varner than a spokesperson for different things, he replied: “Amen to that.”
“I’m learning that. I think it comes with maturity. I guess just learning how to articulate how to say, ‘No’, as I’ve been struggling with saying no to these little kids every time I’m walking around here today, and it’ll be fine, but I’ll get on it when I leave.”