English wins St Jude for first PGA tour title
A trip to the Masters is more than enough consolation for Harris English that his first PGA Tour victory couldn’t get him into the US Open too.
After all, playing at Augusta is what every Georgia golfer wants.
English won the St Jude Classic for his first tour win in his 44th event, and he birdied two of the final three holes to hold off Phil Mickelson and Scott Stallings by two strokes. An hour after celebrating with a simple fist pump on No 18, English knew exactly what the victory meant to his young career.
“The main thing that I am looking forward to is playing the Masters next year,” English said. “Growing up in Georgia, I mean, that was the main tournament that I always watched and went to when I was a kid. The invitation to the Masters is going to be very special and special for my family because they’ve put a lot of hard work and a lot of time to get me where I am.”
Now English will head home and figure out what this win, along with the US$1,026,000 winner’s cheque means for someone who turns 24 in July. His schedule will feature some bigger tournaments now, even though he will miss out on this week’s US Open at the Merion Golf Club.
Mickelson came here wanting to tune up for the US Open after taking off the previous three weeks, and he almost did more than that as he finished with a 67.
He wrapped up his round with a birdie that included hitting a shot at the hole on No 18 from 151 yards that wound up two feet away for a final birdie.
“I thought that one on 18 might even go,” Mickelson said. “Wouldn’t have been enough with Harris making birdie on 17.