Second-year PING Pro Harris English and his new Nome TR putter both had their inaugural PGA Tour wins Sunday at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn. It was truly a winning partnership. English made 14 putts over 9 feet for the week, the most in his career. In the final round he rolled in a birdie on the 16th and took the lead for good on the 17th hole with a curling 17-foot birdie putt, prompting a fist pump from the laid-back Georgian. “It went in dead center and gave me a lot of momentum going to 18,” he said. He went on to win by two strokes at 12 under (66-64-69-69). During his second-round 64 he needed only 22 putts in becoming the 36-hole leader.
“It’s quite an unbelievable feeling,” English said. “I was really relaxed out there today. I knew if I kept it together on the back nine I could make a run at the thing.” With the victory in his second season on tour, the 23-year-old earned an invitation to next year’s Masters.
It wasn’t his first win on a pro tour. In 2011 he won on the Web.com Tour as a highly heralded amateur from the University of Georgia. English is the fourth PING pro to win this season on the PGA Tour; all are first-time winners. He joins Michael Thompson, Billy Horschel, and Derek Ernst.
He pocketed more than $1 million, bringing him to nearly $1.8 million this season, which has featured four top 10s. He climbed to 13th in FedEx Cup points. In addition to the Nome TR putter, English relied on a G15 driver, G5 3-wood, G20 5-wood, S56 irons, and Tour Gorge wedges.