Harris English Profile
|Born||Jul 23, 1989|
|Birthplace||Valdosta, Georgia, United States|
Success came early to Harris English only for it to be followed by a loss of form that became ever-more desperate, but he dug deep and emerged a much stronger golfer.
Harris English is a study in the value of consistent performances on the PGA Tour.
English plays the game with a fierce competitive edge and his willingness to grind has helped him secure more than $17million in PGA Tour prize money.
He credits his father, an avid sportsman who loved football and basketball, with instilling that competitive spirit in him.
English is yet to win a Major but as a Georgia native, he hopes to be able to slip on a Masters Green Jacket before he calls time on his career.
Unlike a lot of PGA Tour professionals, English completed four years of college and graduated with a degree in Consumer Economics from the University of Georgia in 2011. He was named on the SEC academic honor roll in all four years.
An accomplished amateur, Harris earned his PGA Tour Card for the 2012 season and won his first event in 2013.
He represented the United States as an amateur but is yet to get the nod for the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams.
His best performance at a major came at the 2020 US Open where he was in contention until Bryson DeChambeau stretched his legs in the final round. English finished fourth, nine strokes behind his fellow American.
English attended the prestigious Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, helping their golf team to four state titles. He would also claim an individual state title in 2005.
After graduating from high school, English committed to the University of Georgia, turning out for the Bulldogs.
In his first year as a Bulldog, he was named on the National All-Freshman Team by the GCAA. He won in his second and third starts as a collegiate golfer, claiming the Brickyard Collegiate and the Isleworth Invitational. He was named Golf World National Player of the Week as a result.
The biggest win of his amateur career came at the Southern Amateur in 2011. English graduated with four collegiate wins to his name and was named a four-time All-American.
In his senior year, English entered two Nationwide Tour events - the Stadion Athens Classic and the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational, which he won to make him only the third amateur to claim a Korn Ferry Tour event.
English's win set him up well to turn professional after graduating from UGA, and 13th place at the PGA Tour Qualifying School at PGA West earned him his rookie Tour card for 2012.
He enjoyed a solid first full campaign on the PGA Tour, earning 10 top 25 finishes and making the cut in 22 of 27 starts.
In 2013, English claimed his first PGA Tour win at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, a week after missing the cut at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. He held off Phil Mickelson and Scott Stallings to win by two strokes thanks to four rounds in the 60s.
English earned his second win later in 2013 when he shot a tournament-record 263 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico. He started the final round one shot off the lead but went around in 65 to claim the championship by four strokes over Brian Stuard.
The tournament wins dried up after that, but English's competitive spirit kept him in the top 50 golfers in the world before the consistency began to slip in 2017.
He steadily dropped away from the game's elite and was in danger of finding himself in the PGA Tour wilderness.
In August 2019, English lost his PGA Tour card after failing to finish in the top-10 all season, but it seems this has only made him motivated to come back stronger.
It proved to be a pivotal moment as he was forced to examine his game and plot a path back to his best.
By the 2019/20 season, English had become one of the PGA Tour's forgotten men, but through the COVID-19 disruption, he started a quiet push.
English used the lockdown break to analyze his game and do work on resetting his swing.
His season was disrupted further when he tested positive for COVID-19 himself while playing at the Travelers Championship.
With his career hanging by a thread, he produced his best season since 2013, finishing in the top 10 on six occasions, and his second-place finish at The Northern Trust ensured that he qualified for the Tour Championship.
During the off-season week in December 2020 English and partner Matt Kuchar completed a third victory in the QBE Shootout event, an unofficial tournament on the PGA Tour.
A month later, because of the breakdown in the 2019-20 schedule, the field at the 2021 Tournament of Champions included the top 30 from the previous year's rankings in addition to, as is traditional, all the winners.
This presented English with an unlikely opportunity and he grabbed it with both hands, winning the prestigious tournament at the first extra hole after tying Joaquin Niemann's clubhouse target.
Harris English's personal life
The son of Ben and Martha English, Harris was born in Valdosta, Georgia, on 23 July 1989. He uses a 'lucky' 1989 quarter to mark his ball.
English names his father as one of the most influential figures in his life. English Sr. was a more than useful college basketball player, who also attended the University of Georgia.
He married his long-time girlfriend Helen Marie Bowers in 2017, and the couple are often seen together at Sea Island, the Georgia golf resort where they reside.
English is a big football fan. He supports the Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Bulldogs, the team of his alma mater UGA.
He is a long-time viewer of popular TV game show Jeopardy and his favorite pastimes away from the course are hunting and fishing.
Harris English's net worth
English's net worth has been estimated at $600,000, but those figures do not take into account his most lucrative season on the PGA Tour in 2019/20.
He earned $3.3million from 20 events through the most uncertain and disrupted PGA Tour season in recent memory, then collected a cool $1.34million with his win at the Tournament of Champions.
English is supplied by Ping and he has marketing relationships with CapTech and M3COM. His sponsors' exemptions ensured that he was able to save his PGA Tour career after losing his card in 2019.