After getting off to a slow start, Harris English posted a back nine score of four-under 33, including a clutch birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff with Joaquin Niemann. He converted the 54-hole lead to earn his third career victory on the PGA Tour.
Before we get into the breakdown, how old do you think Harris English is? There is no way you’re going to guess correctly. Think about your number… Okay, he is 31 years old! He’s younger than me. If you told me he was in his late thirties or early forties I would have believed you.
Down the stretch, English nailed clutch putts and stiffed his approach shots. Check out this 3-iron into the 18th.
He missed the would-be winning eagle putt on the amateur side, but he carded a birdie on the first playoff hole (18) to earn his first win since 2013!
Niemann, the youngest player in the field, made a hell of charge with a Sunday 64. He made nine birdies to go along with 0 dropped shots on the day. He missed several opportunities to go lower, including parring the 18th in regulation and in the playoff.
In regulation, Niemann missed a five-footer that would have put him at 26-under-par. In the playoff, his approach was inches from being perfect. It trickled into the rough on the left-side of the green and he was unable to get up-and-down.
Also, for those keeping track we went 2-2 on our picks this week. Hit on Sergio top 20 after round one and Justin Thomas top five. Hideki finished dead last so that was a bad call on him beating Xander and Hovland had a rough Sunday. He was T10 to enter the day and finished up T31 after a three-over 76.
It has been a hell of ride for English since he turned pro 10 years ago. He’s had ups and downs and battled the yips and had to go to the Korn Ferry Tour to earn back his PGA Tour status. Check out his world ranking over the last decade.
Over the last seven starts, English has racked up five top-10 finishes. He won yesterday in Hawaii and he also added a fourth-place finish at the US Open in September at Winged Foot.
The Hawaii swing continues this week with the Sony Open.
Come back later today for our Monday Morning Superlatives for the Sentry Tournament of Champions.