Harris English Leads WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational After Day One

Harris English Leads WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
Harris English plays his shot on the 8th hole during the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind on Aug 5, 2021 in Memphis, Tenn. (Photo by Sam Greenwood via Getty Images)

Harris English opened with a sizzling round of 8-under 62 to secure a two-shot lead after day one of the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational.

The 32-year-old Georgia native got off to a dream start at TPC Southwind, reeling off four consecutive birdies out of the gate, then adding three more gains on Nos. 6, 7, and 9 to turn on 7-under 28. He would drop two shots with bogeys on 10 and 12 but then closed with three more birdies on his final four holes to grab the 18-hole marquee position.

“Yeah, I mean, got off to a good start, hit it pretty close to No. 1, had a little downhill slider. Made a pretty long one on 2 and then it’s almost like, all right, got a par-5 coming up on No. 3 and had a nice up-and-down there,” said English, who hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation.

“It was just one of those rounds where I was hitting it really good off the tee, making a lot of good putts and my speed was really good.

“I’ve been working on my speed the last couple days. These greens were a lot faster than what I was practicing on back home, so I did a lot of speed work and I feel like it paid off today.”

A foursome of Ian Poulter, Matthew Wolff, Carlos Ortiz and Jim Herman were tied for second on 6-under 64.

Ian Poulter WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
Ian Poulter plays his shot from the 16th tee during the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind on Aug 5, 2021 in Memphis, Tenn. (Photo by Dylan Buell via Getty Images)

Poulter, who finished bogey-free on the day, cited motivation to make the European Ryder Cup team for his good play on Thursday.

“Playing well this week would take care of that. If I can keep swimming my way through, great,” said Poulter, who many say is already a lock to make the team.

“There’s obviously Wentworth [BMW PGA Championship] in a few weeks’ time as well, which is obviously when the table gets seemed and obviously Paddy [Captain Padraig Harrington] has his picks.

“For me it’s about playing hard and obviously trying to push my way in.”

One further back was a trio that included Bryson DeChambeau, Scottie Scheffler and Marc Leishman.

Daniel Berger, a two-time winner in Memphis, was among four players tied for ninth at 4-under 66.

2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

Leaderboard: Top 10

Pos-Player-To Par-(Score)
1. Harris English -8 (62)
2. Ian Poulter -6 (64)
2. Carlos Ortiz -6 (64)
2. Jim Herman -6 (64)
2. Matthew Wolff -6 (64)
6. Bryson DeChambeau -5 (65)
6. Scottie Scheffler -5 (65)
6. Marc Leishman -5 (65)
9. Daniel Berger -4 (66)
9. Will Zalatoris -4 (66)
9. Max Homa -4 (66)
9. Sam Burns -4 (66)

Notables

13. Justin Thomas -3 (67)
13. Collin Morikawa -3 (67)
13. Tyrrell Hatton -3 (67)
13. Lee Westwood -3 (67)
13. Louis Oosthuizen -3 (67)
26. Patrick Reed -2 (68)
26. Shane Lowry -2 (68)
26. Paul Casey -2 (68)
26. Stewart Cink -2 (68)
36. Xander Schauffele -1 (69)
36. Justin Rose -1 (69)
36. Tony Finau -1 (69)
36. Phil Mickelson -1 (69)
36. Dustin Johnson -1 (69)
36. Tommy Fleetwood -1 (69)
46. Sergio Garcia E (70)
46. Joaquin Niemann E (70)
46. Matt Fitzpatrick E (70)
46. Brooks Koepka E (70)
55. Webb Simpson +1 (71)
55. Patrick Cantlay +1 (71)
55. Jordan Spieth +1 (71)
62. Rory McIlroy +2 (72)
62. Viktor Hovland +3 (73)
64. Adam Scott +4 (74)


Material from PGA Tour Media & Communications was used to compile report.


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