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English scorching hot over last 54 holes

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FORT WORTH, Texas – Harris English has played his last 54 holes in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area in 22 under and without a bogey. Not bad for a rookie fresh off a rough finish at The Players Championship with a bag full of new tricks.

English, who scorched Monday’s British Open qualifier at nearby Gleneagles Golf Club with rounds of 60-63, continued his momentum with an opening 65 at Colonial that has him currently a stroke behind clubhouse leader Zach Johnson.

It’s a run that began, strangely enough, after a 79-77 weekend at TPC Sawgrass.

“Playing with Matt (Kuchar on Saturday) was awesome,” English said. “I really learned a lot from his demeanor. I struggled but I just need to get in these situations more and more and learn how to handle it.”

English also learned that he needed to tinker with the clubs in his bag at Sawgrass. Although he ranks 23rd on Tour in total driving, a combination of distance and accuracy, he is a pedestrian 184th in approach shots from 50 to 125 yards.

After consulting with his management team and swing coach English decided to add a fourth wedge to his bag. After about an hour of testing last Friday at Sea Island (Ga.) Resort, he settled on lofts of 47, 51, 56 and 61 degrees; and removed his 4-iron to make room for the extra wedge.

“I’ve hit so many better yardages the last few rounds. I didn’t have to second guess myself at all,” English said. “It was kind of a dumb decision not to put another wedge in the bag.”