ENGLISH BREAKS INTO THE WORLD TOP 20
Harris English missed a 10-foot eagle putt in regulation on the par-5 18th hole at Kapalua for a 4-under 69 to force a playoff with Joaquin Niemann, and he ended it on the 18th with a 6-foot birdie to win the Sentry Tournament of Champions. English breaks into the World’s Top 20 for the first time, moving to World No.17 from 28.
Niemann, who closed with a 64, pulled his approach enough to tumble down the steep, shaggy hill. His full swing from thick grass got him to the fringe, but he missed the birdie putt.
English capped off his remarkable turnaround at a tournament he ordinarily wouldn't be allowed to play. The Tournament of Champions is for winners only from the previous year, but the field was expanded to include anyone who reached the TOUR Championship because of the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down the PGA TOUR for three months.
The fact English made it to the TOUR Championship was proof of turning around his game. He ended the previous season without a full card and mired in a slump that dropped him to No. 369 in the world. He did everything last year but win, and he took care of that in the first event of the new year.
Now the 31-year-old from Georgia is second in the FedExCup standings and guaranteed a return to Kapalua next year.