English cruises to win in Mexico|
Playa del Carmen, Mexico (SportsNetwork.com) - Harris English fired a 6-under-
par 65 on Sunday and cruised to a 4-stroke win at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
English finished 72 holes on El Camaleon Golf Course at 21-under-par 263 for
his second PGA Tour victory, with the other coming at the FedEx St. Jude
Classic in June.
"It was an awesome win," English said in a televised interview. "I was a lot
more comfortable out there than I was in Memphis a couple months ago ... It
was my first time in Mexico and it will always be a memory."
Brian Stuard shot 67 and took solo second place at 17-under 267, while Rory
Sabbatini (70), Jason Bohn (68) and Chris Stroud (68) shared third at
Third-round leader Robert Karlsson carded a 1-over 72 and dropped into a tie
for sixth at 15-under. He ended alongside Charles Howell III (69), Justin
Hicks (67) and Justin Leonard (67).
"I've been struggling a bit with the long driver and over the long shots in
general and usually you get found out sooner or later," said Karlsson. "But
I'm happy to have a great taste of being in the last group for 36 holes. I was
in it even though I wasn't playing fantastic the last two days."
The third round was completed Sunday morning as the tournament finally caught
up following weather delays on Thursday and Friday. English trailed Karlsson
by one shot when the fourth round began and that margin remained through the
English mixed four birdies and a bogey over his opening nine holes, but
Karlsson, playing in the same group, countered with a birdie and an eagle at
the par-5 fifth.
The back nine was a different story.
English birdied three of his first four holes after the turn, starting with a
gain at No. 10 and following with a 27-footer for birdie and the lead at the
11th. He closed the run with a tap-in birdie at the 13th.
Karlsson parred the 10th and 11th, but he unraveled from there, stumbling to
consecutive bogeys from the 12th and a double bogey at the par-4 14th.
With Karlsson out of the picture, English's lead stretched to four strokes
through 13 holes and the 24-year-old cruised from there, parring his final
five holes to seal his second win of the calendar year.
"I hit the ball really well all week," said English. "It got a little windy
the first couple of days and I struggled a little bit with my driver, but I
found it coming down the stretch and hit some good shots."
NOTES: English tied for seventh at the CIMB Classic in October. He's made the
cut in all four of his starts this season ... Rory McIlroy (6) is the only
player 25 or under with more PGA Tour wins than English ... The field played
lift, clean and place on Sunday ... Twenty-five of the 46 tournaments this
calendar year have had a weather delay.
11/17 17:46:58 ET