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Harris English wins his first tournament in 7 years after taking out the Sentry Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua beating Joaquin Niemann and Justin Thomas.
He joins Stewart Cink (11 years), Martin Laird (seven years) and Brian Gay (seven years) as players to break win droughts of over seven years this season. We've also seen Robert Streb win again after a six-year drought.
Stuck in a battle with Niemann and Thomas, Niemann was the first player to get to 25 under and was also the first one into the clubhouse. Thomas was hoping to join him unfortunately bogeyed the 17th and had to make eagle on the 18th to tie which he failed to do and walked off with a birdie. English was who bogeyed his 16th hole was one shot back heading into the par 5 18th before he hit a prefect second into the green finishing only 10 foot away from the hole. His eagle winning putt just lipped right of the hole and finished at 25 under with Niemann.
On the first playoff hole, when Niemann failed to make birdie, English calmly rolled his birdie putt in claiming victory and a 2 year exception.
“It feels amazing. All the hard work that has gone into this, all the highs and lows of golf that it brings over a career and I feel like I've gotten out of my valley and getting back to the tournaments and some of the quality of golf that I know I can play,” English said emotionally. “It feels great to have some validation out there on the golf course.”
“Every week you play with somebody that you might think does this better, does that better, but you are who you are, and you can get better at what you do,” English explained. “That's what I've learned - to not go up-and-down the range saying, I need to be like Dustin or Justin Thomas or Xander Schauffele.
“I need to be the best version of myself and do the things I do well and always work at it. I feel like I've gotten a lot better at doing that and my coach back home has really kept me on track.”
“My coach is kind of a little bit of a sports psychologist as well… keeping me on track,” English admits. “I don't know what happened on the last three or four holes, I just, I didn't do it, and that was very shocking to me…, it hadn't happened a whole lot in my career where I had opportunities like that, and I just let them slip away. So that was tough.
“But I worked with my coach the next week and he was telling me how good I was playing and the opportunities I had coming up and he kind of flipped the script. I could sit there and feel sorry for myself or I could say, Hey, I'm playing really good golf. I know I didn't keep my card, but here are the opportunities I have coming up and I got to seize them.”