English is runner-up in Nationwide playoff


A little over two months ago, University of Georgia senior Harris English won as an amateur on the Nationwide Tour. Less than a month into his professional career, English was one stroke away from a second Nationwide win.

English played his way into a sudden-death playoff with Danny Lee after 72 holes at the WNB Golf Classic in Midland, Texas. Aided by a third-round 62, English tied Lee at 18 under, and the two went to extra holes. Lee won the title with a par on the first hole of the playoff.

Lee won $94,500 with the title, but was already assured of making it to the PGA Tour in 2012 by finishing inside the top 25 in the tour’s money list. English won $56,700. The Bulldog finished T-49 in his pro debut last week at the Soboba Golf Classic, earning $2,587. He will be inside the top 75 on the money list.

Coincidentally, Lee won as a 19-year-old amateur on the European Tour in 2009 at the Johnnie Walker Classic. At the time, he was the youngest player to ever have won on that tour. Matteo Manassero surpassed his record with a win at the 2010 Castello Masters.