(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — Harris English won the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Sunday, birdieing two of his final three holes for his first PGA Tour victory.
English was able to hold off veterans Phil Mickelson and Scott Stallings by a mere two strokes to preserve the win.
“I had probably 10 high school friends out there today,” English said. “And I know that if I make a birdie or a bogey, they’re probably going to be the same and they’re rooting me on. I was just really relaxed out there today. Bogeyed eight and nine, which was tough. But I knew if I kept it together on the back nine, I could make a run at the thing.”
The 23-year-old Harris survived a final round where he had six birdies and five bogies. He finished with a 1-under 69 for a 12-under 268 total.
Despite finishing in a tie for second place, Mickelson was encouraged by his performance.
“I’m really encouraged with the way I hit my irons,” Mickelson said. “Got to get the 3-wood in play a little bit more, although next week at Merion distance won’t be as critical as TPC Southwind. I’ll be able to hit higher and softer shots.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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