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English holes 46-footer as darkness falls on Doral

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DORAL, Fla. – Harris English enjoyed the best of both worlds on Thursday.

Not only did he claim a share of the lead at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, he was one of only six players in the 68-man field to complete the weather-delayed round, meaning he’ll get to sleep in Friday morning.

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“We were pretty much running to the tee on 9,” he said of his final hole. “It was getting really dark, very quickly, but I wanted to finish the hole, because it really changes the way you approach the day. Waking up and playing one hole at 8:00 in the morning and then waiting around for three or four hours for your tee time is tough to do. That way in the morning, we can have a normal day just like today.”

He’d like to have another day just like the one he had Thursday. English made five birdies and two bogeys for a 3-under 69. He capped his round off in style, holing a 46-foot birdie putt on No. 9.

“Made a really, really good putt on 9,” he said. “Very, very happy with the round.”

English will enter Friday tied for the lead with Jason Dufner, Hunter Mahan, Francesco Molinari and Patrick Reed, none of whom have completed their round.