Harris English could do no wrong on Thursday and found himself leading the World Golf Championships-FedEx St Jude Invitational after the opening round at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.
English’s 62 tied his personal-best round on the PGA Tour and gave him a two-stroke lead over the foursome of Jim Herman, Carlos Ortiz, Ian Poulter, and Matthew Wolff. Bryson DeChambeau—who missed last week’s Olympics due to a positive COVID-19 test—Scottie Scheffler, and Marc Leishman finished three shots off the lead with 65s.
English, who already has had two of his four wins on tour come this season, charged out hard out of the gate by birdieing the first four holes on his way to a 28 at the turn, which also tied his best nine-hole score. He dropped a bit by bogeying holes 10 and 12 but finished strong with birdies on three of the final four holes. English, who also finished third at the U.S. Open Championship in June, has won the tournament two out of the four times he’s been the leader after 18 holes.
DeChambeau said earlier in the week that he didn’t feel he would be much of a factor here coming off the layoff, but did say after his opening round that he felt like he could be in contention for the win on Sunday.
The top Olympic contenders may be dealing with a bit of jetlag, as the gold medalist, Xander Schauffele found himself seven shots back after the first round. Collin Morikawa and defending tournament champ Justin Thomas each carded a 65. There is no cut for this event, so these three have plenty of time to make a move and get back into contention for the weekend.
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