MEMPHIS — Harris English overcame a shaky start, then took advantage of a late collapse by fellow American Scott Stallings to clinch his maiden PGA Tour title with a two-shot victory at the St Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee on Sunday.
The 23-year-old English birdied two of the last three holes at the TPC Southwind to close with a one-under-par 69, ending a roller-coaster final round where he and Stallings had duelled back and forth for the lead.
Stallings and four-times major champion Phil Mickelson tied for second, two strokes back.
A curling 17-foot birdie putt at the 17th put English two strokes clear and he safely parred the tricky final hole to post a 12-under total of 268 in the final PGA Tour event before next week’s US Open.
“I was feeling very good with my ball-striking all week,” a beaming English told CBS Sports greenside after two-putting for par on the 18th green, then pumping his right fist in delight.
“I just had to get those putts to fall. I kept it together, had bad bogeys on eight and nine, but stuck with it and made some good birdies coming in.”
Stallings had been two ahead when he hit his wedge approach into water at the 15th en route to a damaging double-bogey six and had to settle for a share of second place after bogeying the 18th for a 68.
Level with Stallings at 10 under was Mickelson, who thrilled the crowd when he nearly holed out his approach at the par-four last for a tap-in birdie and a 67.
“I hit some good wedges coming in and I thought that one on 18 might even go (in),” Mickelson said after a five-birdie display on Sunday. “I hit a lot of good iron shots.”