Harris English Wins 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions
Kapalua, HI – Harris English (-25) won the 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions in a playoff with Joaquin Niemann. The victory marked the 31-year-old American’s third victory on the PGA Tour and first solo win since 2013. English also won the QBE Shootout with partner Matt Kuchar two weeks back.
English is well-known for his elite ball-striking, but his putting was just as good during the week. If he can continue this sort of form into the new year, he’ll be a threat to become a multiple winner sooner rather than later.
Niemann made a big climb up the leaderboard on Sunday, shooting -9 64. A couple small mistakes down the stretch stood between him and his second PGA Tour victory. At 22, Niemann was the youngest player in the field. He is certainly one to watch in the new year and beyond.
Finishing behind English and Niemann were Justin Thomas (solo third at -24) and Ryan Palmer (solo fourth at -23).
While Thomas was right there the whole time and his approach and short game were dialed, his driving accuracy was uncharacteristically poor, ranking nearly last in the field on one of the widest golf courses on the PGA Tour. When he gets that issue sorted out, expect to see a lot of him on Sunday afternoons the rest of the year.
With so many of the game’s top players showing up and playing well, 2021 is off to an exciting start on the PGA Tour. The golf course was relatively soft and the wind didn’t blow too hard so scoring was low throughout the week.
Some other players who had notable performances included Jon Rahm, who played his first tournament after making the switch to Callaway clubs and finished T7 at -20; Bryson DeChambeau, who had a poor putting week but still managed to card a top 10, also finishing T7; and Palmer, who played excellent all week and ended up a few putts left short of a W.
Next week, the PGA Tour heads to Waialae for the Sony Open in Hawaii. Cameron Smith is the defending champion and will play against a field that includes the likes of Sungjae Im, Collin Morikawa, Webb Simpson, and Joaquin Niemann.
Harris English What’s In The Bag
Irons: Ping Blueprint 4-9 (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100)
Putter: Ping Scottsdale Hohum