Harris English wins Travelers in an epic eight-hole playoff

CROMWELL, Conn. — Golf’s a humorous recreation.

Harris English went seven years with no win. Now he has two victories in 15 begins in the previous 5 months.

English’s win on the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January at Kapalua was emotional due to the lengthy wait.

English’s win on Sunday on the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands will need to have felt like seven years, as a result of it took eight playoff holes for him to do it.

English outlasted Kramer Hickok, who was searching for his first PGA Tour win in his 68th begin, by burying a 16-foot birdie putt on the eighth playoff gap. It was the fifth time they performed the 18th gap in the course of the playoff.

The match ended at 8:09 p.m. and it was seemingly there was sufficient gentle for another gap had he not gained it there.

It was English’s fourth profession victory and it was as candy as they arrive.

“That was superior,’’ English stated, “What an expertise. Hats off to Kramer. We had been each grinding on the market.’’

The PGA Tour file for playoff holes is 11, on the 1949 Motor City Open, the place Lloyd Mangrum and Carey Middlecoff agreed to be co-champions when darkness set in and the holes had been unplayable.

Harris English
Harris English pumps his fist after profitable the Travelers Championship

The longest playoff on the Travelers Championship playoff earlier than Sunday was seven holes, which occurred in 1961 and ’62.

English, enjoying two teams in entrance of Hickok, who was in the ultimate pairing having taken a share of the 54-hole lead, seemed like he had the match gained in regulation when he drained a 28-foot birdie putt on the 72nd gap, unleashing a mad uppercut fist pump.

That obtained him to 13-under par with Hickok at 12-under.

Hickok, Jordan Spieth’s roommate in faculty at Texas, seemed to have spoiled his likelihood to tie it when he hit his wedge method shot from the center of the green into the entrance left bunker on 18 in regulation.

That was the bunker from the place Spieth holed out to win the 2017 Travelers. Hickok splashed out to 9 ft and made the must-make to power additional holes, sending the large crowd round 18 right into a frenzy.

As he walked off the inexperienced to signal his card, chants of “Kramer Hickok’’ rang by the gang, which craved extra golf. It needed to be the primary time in Hickok has ever heard his title chanted by followers.

When Hickok’s putt went in, English, getting just a few swings in on the apply vary a number of hundred yards away to remain free, heard the roars and nodded as if to say, “OK, again to work.’’

The first playoff gap was No. 18, which each parred, although English’s par was extra spectacular after he’d pushed his tee shot into the deep proper tough on a facet hill.

On the second playoff gap, it was English who wanted to rise up and down from the Spieth bunker for par to increase play. A second earlier, Hickok seemed like he had the match gained however his birdie putt burned the left fringe of the cup and stayed tantalizingly out.

Kramer Hickok, (l.), congratulates Harris English after he gained the Travelers.

The two went to the seventeenth gap for the third playoff gap, the place they each made pars.

Back to 18 for the fourth additional gap, English this time hit his tee shot into the left tough, leaving himself with the ball under his ft from 135 yards. He hit it onto the inexperienced and Hickok was once more in the Spieth bunker, from the place he’d once more rise up and down for par.

Back to 17, the place Hickok once more seemed like he had the factor gained, once more watching his birdie putt rim out, this time from the precise facet of the cup.

That despatched the to the 18th but once more for a sixth playoff gap. Both hit their tee photographs into the bunker to the left of the green. This time, although, it was benefit English as Hickok left his method shot wanting the inexperienced and English stuffed his shot to six ft for birdie.

Figuring he wanted to make it, Hickok rammed his birdie try from the entrance fringe some 15 ft previous the opening. Faced with the dreaded “you’re-still-away’’ situation, he proceeded to bury the comebacker for par.

That left English standing over his 6-foot, 3-inch birdie putt for the win. His try to win squirted to the precise of the cup, by no means touching the opening, sending the 2 gamers again to the 18th tee for the fifth time of the playoff.

In an attention-grabbing twist, Hickok was enjoying with a caddie working for him for the primary time as a result of his earlier looper ditched him for Sungjae Im, believing that will be a extra worthwhile bag.

Billy Spencer left Hickok for Im and Hickok employed William Lanier, who’d been working for Wesley Bryan earlier than Bryan injured himself and is out for the 12 months.

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