Harman, a 25-year-old rookie and the first alternate to get into the Players field, had been at the course since 7 a.m., hoping that someone might pull out. He got his wish when D.A. Points withdrew, citing a back injury.
But the tour officials didn't reach Harman in time for him to make it to the first tee. By the time he got the word at 8:50 that he was in the field, Points group was down the first fairway.
"I was here and officials knew I was here," Harman said. "I've been an alternate a few times before and they usually call you or text you with the tee time. Something like this has probably never happened."
Now Harman has to just wait. Since he was at the course, the tour is reviewing the case to determine if Harman should be added to the field. The last tee times are at 2:21 p.m.
In the meantime, Harman is going to hang around the putting area and work on knocking in six-footers.
"This is not going to ruin my week," Harman said. "I'm having a blast."
Farrell Evans covers golf for ESPN and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.