Thomasville’s Harris English may be just a PGA rookie, but he’s already displayed a flare for dramatic finishes on golf’s biggest stage.
Not including this weekend’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in Orlando, Fla., English enjoyed nine top-25 and three top-10 finishes. English finished 87th in the Fedex Cup rankings and was pegged 141st in the official world golf rankings. It was a great start to English’s career, especially considering most of the courses on the PGA Tour were new to him
“I gave myself a lot of chances to be in contention. I kind of got a taste of what it takes to win, even though I didn’t pull it off,” English said, “but I know how hard it is to win and how hard it is that I’ve got to work to get in those spots.
“Overall, as a rookie, I know I hadn’t played in a lot of those golf courses out there, but I felt like I played well and had a good year and learned a lot. Hopefully, I can continue to get better.”
Some of English’s top performances this year include an eighth-place finish at the RBC Heritage. English also placed fifth at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and 10th at the Wyndham Championship. Among the many aspects of golf English learned this season, none were more important than patience.
“It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and get real fast, trying to force a lot of stuff, but golf’s going to come. If you keep doing the right things and keep hitting good shots and having a good routine, success is going to come and good things are going to happen,” English said.
Only five times has English not made the cut in a tournament.
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