Weekly Recap: English is King

Weekly Recap: English is King

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Early in September of 2019, Harris English took part in the Korn Ferry Tour playoffs in a desperate attempt to keep his PGA Tour card. He failed.

By the time the month ended, though, English had recorded third- and sixth-place finishes in the first two PGA Tour events of the new season, and it was full speed ahead from there.

English's transformation was completed Sunday at Kapalua, where he defeated Joaquin Niemann on the first playoff hole to win the Sentry Tournament of Champions and claim his first victory in eight years.

English was ranked 369th in the world when he tied for 26th in the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour Championship. Now, 16 months later, he sits a career-best 17th. In the past 16 months, English played 27 tournaments. He recorded 10 top-10s and 18 top-25s before winning against an elite, year-opening field of 42. It was his third career victory and first since 2013 at Mayakoba.

English, 31, didn't just gradually start to play better that September. It was instant. And he has been strong across the board, from tee box to putting green. There really is no weakness in his game. Driving distance is perhaps his weakest component and he still averaged over 300 yards last season.

In just the past four months, English has three of the top five results of his 10-year career. The others were a runner-up at The Northern Trust in the playoffs and a fourth-place finish at the U.S. Open.

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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