SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. —
“I do. That’s what makes it fun,” English said. “If you don’t feel like you can pull off those shots, then you really shouldn’t be out here. That’s what you practice and play for, to see a shot and do it. If you don’t pull it off, so be it. But at least you tried and gave it 100 percent effort.”
His effort is showing in the numbers, but also as he joins the players he grew up watching. They are now peers in the ranks for this former Thomasville resident.
“I’m getting more and more comfortable playing with guys like Lee Westwood and Brandt Snedeker, guys I idolized growing up. Yet here I am, playing right next to them and competing with them.”
As a rookie in 2012, his tie for 15th finish at this event proved to be the biggest check of his career at $100,650 until mid April at the RBC Heritage.
English has learned much since those days.
He said, “My rookie year, I knew I could play out here, but I didn’t really know and I wasn’t very comfortable on the weekends with all the crowds and cameras — and it’s just getting more and more comfortable and zoned in and knowing the player I am.”
English’s brother Bowen, 28, is at the event for the second straight year. He sees a vast change in Harris’ confidence since his debut here.
“Obviously, the confidence is a funny thing. He’s got it now and he knows how to compete week in and week out, and it’s doing a lot for him,” Bowen said