The weather in Mexico made it difficult to get the tournament complete in just four days, but Harris English didn’t let a little rain get him down, and he earned his second PGA Tour victory this weekend.
English won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba on Sunday, but it was anything but a leisurely march to victory. Thanks to the all-too-common tropical rain squalls, the course became quite muddy as the week wore on, and play on each of the first three days of the event had to be stopped due to darkness. When English woke up on Sunday morning in Playa del Carmen, he still had 11 holes to take care of in his third round, and a 29-hole marathon ensued.
English says that something in his game actually clicked for him on Saturday, when he finished his second round with a bogey-free round of 62.
“I guess I found something in my swing — a little swing key that helped me out,” English said after the tournament.. “I hit the ball really well all week. It got a little windy the first two days and I struggled a bit with my driver, but I found it down the stretch.”
As the course got sloppier throughout the week, players were allowed to play preferred lies – embedded or muddy balls were permitted to be lifted, cleaned, and placed in a playable spot. English took full advantage of this and hit 55 of 72 greens in regulation. What’s even more impressive is what he did when he got there. English averaged just over 1.5 putts per green in regulation in the final round, and led the field in that statistic for the tournament. His 27 birdies more than offset just four bogeys and a double.
It’s got to be a major confidence boost for the 24-year-old out of the University of Georgia. He now has two wins in the last five months, with his victory at May’s FedEx St. Jude Classic the other. His struggle has been to find consistency, but with two top-tens already, he’ll be looking forward to carrying this momentum into the new year and the Hawaii swing in January. English moved into second in the FedEx Cup standings with the win, and could be on the verge of a career year.