SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – A birdie to close out a round, particularly those of the major variety, can always smooth over the rough edges of what could have been a difficult day, and that was certainly the case for Harris English on Thursday at the PGA Championship.
After opening his round with a flawless 3 under on his first nine (he started on No. 10), English sandwiched a birdie between two bogeys at the first and third holes before his putter went temporarily cold.
He missed birdie attempts of 9 feet (No. 5), 23 feet (No. 6), 21 feet (No. 7) and 8 feet (No. 8), before finally converting from 18 feet on his final hole of the day.
“Definitely feel good about the birdie on the last hole. Had a lot of good looks coming in on 6, 7, 8, 9 and got one to go,” said English, who was in contention after a round of 3-under 67.
It was English’s best round on the PGA Tour since June and an encouraging sign considering how well he hit his driver, finding 9 of 14 fairways at Baltusrol.
“You've got to hit the fairway out here. I was hitting the driver really well,” he said. “It definitely feels like it favors the long player.”