As a shining sophomore on the PGA Tour, many peers and fans felt it only a matter of time before 23-year-old Harris English won on the PGA Tour. English met their expectations on Sunday by winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.
Beginning the final day one stroke behind the leader, Harris struggled through the front nine, posting a 2 over par total. The former University of Georgia standout fought back with two early back nine birdies to reach level par for the day. Harris, then, added birdies at 16 and 17 to close out his back nine 32 and win by two strokes over fellow FJ staffer Scott Stallings (FJ ICON and Pure Touch Limited).
English relied on DryJoys Tour and Pure Touch Limited during his championship winning round.
This is Harris English's first PGA Tour win, which also earned the Georgia native an invitation to next year's Masters® Tournament.
Fed Ex St.Jude Classic Shoe Count
FJ - 60%
Nearest Competitor - 20%
Fed Ex St.Jude Classic Glove Count
FJ - 42%
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PGA Tour Rookie Scott Stallings (FJ Icon #52005) began his final round one stroke off the lead at the 2011 Greenbrier Classic at nine under par, but soon became an after thought with a four over par 38 on the front nine to quickly fall out of contention. However, Stallings mounted a furious comeback shooting a 31 on the back side including six birdies. Entering the final hole Stalling was one shot behind the lead; and a clutch birdie putt forced a three-way sudden death playoff.
Playing the eighteenth for the second time of the day, Stallings left his approach to seven feet. His playing competitors both hit the green in regulation but failed to convert their birdie bids, leaving Stallings with a seven footer for the victory. Stallings struck the hard breaking left to right putt perfectly and watched it fall safely into the hole for his first PGA Tour victory.
The win earns Stallings an invitation to next week's Bridgestone Invitational.