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Memphis, Tenn. • The support of a handful of old high school buddies, the calming influence of a veteran caddie and timely putting were exactly what Harris English needed to pull out his first PGA Tour victory.
English won the St. Jude Classic on Sunday, birdieing two of the final three holes to hold off Phil Mickelson and Scott Stallings by two strokes.
"I had probably 10 high school friends out there today," English said. "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. I was just really relaxed out there today. Bogeyed eight and nine, which was tough. But I knew if I kept it together on the back nine, I could make a run at the thing."
The 23-year-old former Georgia star in his second year on tour survived a final round where he had six birdies and five bogeys. He finished with a 1-under 69 for a 12-under 268 total to get the victory in the same state where he helped Baylor in Chattanooga win four Tennessee high school golf titles.
English got four of his birdies on the back nine. He made a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 16 to tie Stallings for the lead, but Stallings bogeyed No. 18 to give English the lead to himself. English made a 17-foot birdie putt on No. 17, and overcame shaking hands as he two-putted No. 18 to pick up the winner's check of $1,026,000.
Inbee Park birdied the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with Catriona Matthew to win the rain-delayed LPGA Championship in Pittsford, N.Y.
Park made a 20-foot putt on the par-4 18th to go 2-for-2 in LPGA Tour majors this season. She rebounded in the playoff after relinquishing a three-shot lead with a final-round 3-over 75. Matthew shot a bogey-free 68 to match Park at 5-under 283 at Locust Hill.
After both parred the first two extra holes, Matthew struggled off the 18th tee on the third their 39th hole of the day. After having difficulty advancing out of the rough just below the green on her third shot, she missed a 50-foot par chip.
In Birmingham, Ala., David Frost parred the final two holes to hold on for a one-stroke victory over Fred Couples in the Regions Tradition, the South African's first Champions Tour major title. Both shot 4-under 68, and Frost finished at 16-under 272.
St. Jude Classic
Harris English -12
Scott Stallings -10
Phil Mickelson -10
Ryan Palmer -9
Patrick Reed -8