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May 9, 2014

English struggles at Players, fails to make cut

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. —

In his third appearance at the PGA Tour’s flagship Players Championship staged just a few hours south of Thomasville in Ponte Vedra Beach, Harris English missed the cut on Friday after a second round of 3-over 75 that put him at 4 over for the week.

After a 1-over 73 in the first round English needed to rally on Friday to make the weekend.

Although he still had a chance through 29 holes when he was within one stroke of the cut, English could not finish strong in his final seven holes and went 3-over par during that stretch.

English’s putting let him down perhaps the most this week, he said.

“I just couldn’t make any putts all week,” English said Friday as he walked off the course with his parents Ben and Martha. 

“I felt like I hit it pretty good on the back nine other than the one on 16 where I hit it in the water, I had to kind of get after one.”

English was trying to take advantage of the risk-reward par-5 on 16 but hit his aggressive second shot to the right and into the water. In some ways it was his last real swipe at hanging in there and trying to get inside the cut.

“But I just didn’t make anything,” English said of his putting. “I don’t think I made a putt outside of six feet all week. It’s hard to make birdies let alone make some good par putts.”

In the putts per green in regulation category English tied for 99th in the 144-man field with an average of 1.810.

English ranks fifth on the entire PGA Tour with a 69.767 scoring average and his 73 and 75 undoubtedly hurt that hard earned stat.

After a missed cut in his first Masters last month and another at the Players, English is battling through the inevitable ebb and flow of this long PGA Tour season.

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