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April 9, 2014

Thomasville native English eyes famed Green Jacket

THOMASVILLE —

Harris English will begin his quest for the iconic green jacket at his first Masters today at Augusta National. 

In a realization of his boyhood dream to play this tournament the 24-year-old will tee off in the final group today at 1:59 PM with fellow Georgia alum Russell Henley and Englishman Lee Westwood.

“It's really cool,” English said of being paired with a fellow bulldog. “It will be good for the Georgia people. A lot of (Bull)‘Dog’ fans out here. I’ve obviously played with him a good bit. I like (Russell) a lot, he's a great guy.”

So how will English, who is presently ranked 36th in the world golf rankings, handle the challenge of Augusta National’s ultra-fast greens and the nuances of the course’s layout?

“I think it's more like nerves and all the atmosphere,” English said. “I mean, it's unbelievable. This is golf's stadium right here. It's the tournament I always dreamed about playing and it's finally here.”

English took two weeks off of tournament golf going in to the season’s first major this week. He arrived on Sunday and played 18 holes for preparation, inclement weather washed out Monday, he played 18 more on Tuesday, and played the front nine Wednesday before partaking in one of the Masters many great traditions: the Par 3 Contest.

English took two weeks off of tournament golf going in to the season’s first major this week. He arrived on Sunday and played 18 holes for preparation, inclement weather washed out Monday, he played 18 more on Tuesday, and played the front nine Wednesday before partaking in one of the Masters many great traditions: the Par 3 Contest.

For this laid-back event English had his mother Martha caddie for him. It’s tradition for a player to have a family member or spouse don the white Masters caddie bib and carry the bag on Augusta National’s Par 3 course.

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