Thomasville native Harris English spent much of his weekend atop the leaderboard at the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic.
That's where he ended it as well, earning his first ever PGA victory in just his second season on tour.
The former Georgia Bulldog birdied two of his final three holes to pull away from the field and clinch the championship.
"I'm in shock right now. I never knew that I would be coming out on top right now," Harris says. "I kind of struggled today. I had five bogeys, but I really kept it together down the stretch and made a couple good birdies, and got it done I guess."
English entered Sunday's final round just one shot back of leader Shawn Stefani, but struggled on the front nine.
He bogeyed four holes on his way to a 37 heading into the turn.
Whatever issues English had on the front, they were corrected by the time he teed off on the 10th.
He birdied 10 and 11 to move to -11.
After bogeying 13, English birdied 16 and 17 to move to -12, two shots ahead of the field.
He tapped in a par putt on 18 to close out a final round 69.
With the win, English takes home just over $1 million and 500 FedEx Cup points.
But more important than that to English is what else he earned with the win.
"What I really look forward to is playing in the Masters next year," English says. His win earns him a spot in the 2014 tournament. "Growing up in Georgia, that was always my dream to play in the Masters and finally I get that invitation."
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