Bubble boy English plays way into Tour Championship


LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Harris English is used to life on the FedEx Cup bubble.

That didn’t make it any easier.

Two years ago, he finished No. 31 in points. Last year, he was 32nd

And this year? Well, of course he was No. 32, in need of a top-20 finish to punch his ticket to the Tour Championship for the first time.

He took it down to the wire – again – but English rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt on the last to finish 30th and earn the last available spot.

English wound up only two points ahead of Daniel Summerhays, who made two bogeys coming home, and five clear of Justin Thomas, who needed a birdie on the last and found the creek with his 3-wood approach.

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“I need to win about five or six times next year and come in here No. 1 on the FedEx Cup list and make it a little easier,” English said. “It’s a challenge.” 

The former Georgia Bulldog was one of four players who moved inside the top 30 during the third leg of the playoffs: Daniel Berger (46th to ninth), Scott Piercy (44th to 20th) and Kevin Na (34th to 27th). Na sank an 8-foot par putt on the last to earn his spot. 

“It was a relief to see that one go in,” Na said. 

Summerhays was one of four players who played their way out of a spot in the Tour Championship. The others: Russell Knox (29th to 34th), Ben Martin (25th to 35th) and Jason Bohn (28th to 40th).

Hunter Mahan was eliminated from the playoffs after his T-32 finish at the BMW. He was the only player in the FedEx Cup era to advance each season to the finale.