English starts with hole-out, finishes second


FORT WORTH, Texas – It’s hard to start a round much better than Harris English did on Sunday at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.

Starting the day two shots off the lead, English holed a wedge from 83 yards for eagle on the opening hole. The shot helped to propel English to a closing 4-under 66 at Colonial Country Club, where he finished alone in second place for his best finish of the season.

“That was a great start,” English said. “Starting out with a hole-out, I couldn’t expect anything more than that, and it got me off to a good start and I kind of kept going from there. I felt like I played some really good golf and hit some really good shots down the stretch.”

While English held sole possession of the lead after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11, he bogeyed No. 12 and was ultimately unable to keep pace with Jordan Spieth, who birdied each of the final three holes to win by three shots.

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“I wish I could have had a couple more good birdie chances coming down the stretch, but that’s how golf is,” he said. “Jordan has played really well coming down the stretch, and I was just right there, I guess, to put some pressure on him, and it didn’t work out.”

The result snaps a mini-drought for English, who hadn’t had a top-10 finish since the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March. While he remains in search of his first win since 2013, the former Georgia standout takes plenty of positives from his second top-5 finish in the last five years at Colonial.

“I love being in this position,” he said. “I love being in the heat like that, coming down the last nine holes with a chance to win, so I feel like I played some good golf and hit some good golf shots and take a lot of confidence from this tournament.”