English cruises to Mayakoba title, 2nd Tour win


Harris English caught fire in the middle of his final round Sunday to shoot a 65, win the OHL Classic at Mayakoba by four shots and earn his second PGA Tour title. Here is the skinny from El Camaleon:

The leaderboard: Harris English (-21), Brian Stuard (-17), Jason Bohn, Chris Stroud and Rory Sabbatini at -16.

What it means: It’s the second win in the last 14 starts for English, 24, who broke through in June at the St. Jude Classic for his maiden PGA Tour title. It was also the second consecutive victory for former University of Georgia standouts, after Chris Kirk earned his second title last week at the McGladrey Classic. English will now head into the abbreviated offseason with plenty of momentum.

Round of the day: English matched the round of the day with a 6-under 65, turning what once was a congested leaderboard into a runaway victory. After a bogey on the par-4 second, he made four birdies in a six-hole stretch around the turn to build a four-shot lead with five holes to play. The difference-maker this week was his putter. Looking for a spark, he switched to the old Ping model he used in college and on the Web.com Tour. “Going back to stuff that felt good,” he said. 

Best of the rest: Brian Stuard’s closing 67 gave him his second career runner-up finish on Tour; his first, in 2010, also came at this event. Will MacKenzie and Peter Malnati carded matching 65s to make huge jumps up the leaderboard. Justin Hicks made seven birdies in a nine-hole stretch and went out in 30 to briefly tie the lead, but he double-bogeyed the 14th hole and dropped another shot on the home hole to finish with 68. 

Biggest disappointment: Vying for one of the feel-good victories of the year, and an epic Swedish double dip, Karlsson eagled the fifth hole and made the turn staked to a one-shot lead. But he came unraveled midway through the back nine, going bogey-bogey-double on Nos. 12-14 to drop out of contention. He settled for 72 in the final round. “I felt like I was hanging on the last two days, struggling with the long shot in general,” he said. 

Quote of the day: “It was an awesome win. … I guess I found something in my swing, a little swing key, and I hit the ball really well all week.” – English