Every once in a while, you see a round on the PGA Tour where you just have to shake your head and say “that was pretty much perfect.” It was that kind of day on Friday for Harris English, as he took the lead at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis.
English got off to a solid start at the tournament on Thursday, in a group that included Stuart Appleby, Glen Day and Davis Love III at four-under-par 66. Today, though, English set himself apart from the field with an incredibly hot start. Starting off with three straight birdies to open the day, English also holed out a stellar 181-yard eagle on his approach to the par-4 fifth hole.
At one point as low as 7-under for the day, English’s only flaw on the scorecard came when he made bogey on the par-4 18th. Still, at the time of this writing, he sits at 10-under for the tournament, two strokes ahead of his closest competitor, Shawn Stefani.
Not really thought of as a top competitor coming into the week, English is the owner of three top-ten finishes this year, at the season-opening Sony Open, the Tampa Bay Championship and most recently his tie for sixth at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He’s also missed four cuts, including his last start at Colonial, so it’s definitely been an up and down year for the University Of Georgia graduate.
In only his second full season on the PGA Tour, English is in the hunt for his first career victory. While even a win at this event may not be enough to move him into the Top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking and secure his entry to the U.S. Open, it would certainly be a huge accomplishment in his young career. He’s certainly earned himself the spotlight for the weekend, and it will be interesting to see if he can take it and run with it.