English two back thanks to improved accuracy at Colonial


FORT WORTH, Texas – As he began a promising professional career five years ago, finding greens was not a problem for Harris English.

In fact, he ranked as high as 17th in GIR percentage during the 2013-14 season, a campaign that saw him win the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. But that remains English’s most recent victory, and this year his accuracy has begun to waver. He currently stands 115th in greens hit this season, and he is without a top-10 finish since early March.

Those trends, however, appear on the verge of a turnaround after English regained his approach prowess during the third round of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, finding 17 of 18 greens in regulation en route to a 6-under 64 that left him two shots behind Jordan Spieth.

“I feel like this week I’ve struck the ball a lot better and done all the small things well that you’ve got to do to have a chance to win tournaments,” English said. “Hopefully I can keep that going for Sunday’s round.”

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English began the third round four shots back, but he made a move with five birdies across his final 12 holes, a tally that would have been one better were it not for a 5-foot miss on the final hole.

English finished T-5 in 2012 in his first trip to Colonial Country Club, a traditional layout that tends to reward solid ball-striking.

“I love this place. This is one of my favorite golf courses playing out here,” he said. “Started hitting my irons really well the past few days, and I feel like you’ve got to be a really good iron player out here to kind of keep it going.”