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Harris English wins first PGA title at St Jude

Twenty three year old Harris English secured his first PGA Tour victory on Sunday at the St. Jude Classic, but it came too late to secure him a spot in the US Open.

No matter, along with a cheque for over $1 Million it has something that the Georgia boy craves even more: a trip to the Masters next year at Augusta National.

''The main thing that I am looking forward to is playing the Masters next year,'' English said. ''Growing up in Georgia, I mean, that was the main tournament that I always watched and went to when I was a kid.

The invitation to the Masters is going to be very special and special for my family because they've put a lot of hard work and a lot of time to get me where I am.''

The course at TPC Southwind, Memphis is also familiar to English. He helped his prep school, Baylor, win four Tennessee golf titles.

''I had probably 10 high school friends out there today,'' English added. ''And I know that if I make a birdie or a bogey, they're probably going to be the same and they're rooting me on.''

English and friends enjoyed the victory in a stacked field that included Phil Mickelson, who was two strokes back in second.

Lefty was playing his first event in three weeks after an extended break, but seemed in fine fettle for Merion this weekend and was pleased with his performance.

''I'm really encouraged with the way I hit my irons,'' Mickelson said. ''Got to get the 3-wood in play a little bit more, although next week at Merion distance won't be as critical as TPC Southwind. I'll be able to hit higher and softer shots.''

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