‘Kind of Weird’ – Harris English Unhappy With the Playoff Format at the Travelers Championship

Published 06/28/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Jun 19, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Harris English plays his shot from the fifth tee during the third round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports


Phew! The Travelers Championship gave fans all the action they wanted to see. The tournament got through with four rounds, but Harris English and Kramer Hickok could not be separated after 72-holes. Hence, both players had to enter sudden death, and English was not too pleased with how the eight playoff holes were contested. 

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Harris English and Kramer Hickok were tied at 13-under after 72-holes at TPC River Highlands. Hence, both players were forced to play sudden death, to decide an outright winner. It wasn’t a playoff where the golfers had to play every hole on the course. They were alternating between the par-4s 17th and 18th holes in sudden death. 

“Yeah, I mean, it was kind of weird going all the way back to 17. I think 15 is one of the best short par-4s we have in golf, and it would be pretty cool to go 18 to 15, because if you hit a good shot you can make birdie or eagle, or if you hit it a little left you can make bogey really quickly,” English reacted to the playoff format. 

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“I think that has the biggest discrepancy of any hole out here. I think it would be cool for them to add 15 in the rotation. Kind of do 15, 18, 15, 18,” he added

It is clear that Harrish English did not favor playing the 17 and 18 alternatively. The 415yds 17th hole is a daunting one due to the water hazard in between. Players try to hit it over the water and sometimes fail with their approach shots.

Harris English moves to second in the 2021 FedExCup standings

With the victory, Harris English became the first player to notch up two PGA Tour wins in 2021. Furthermore, English has been vastly consistent this season and has recorded 10 Top 25 finishes in 21 starts so far. 

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All these efforts are paying off in a valuable manner. With the win at Travelers Championship, Harris English enjoyed a major surge in the 2021 FedExCup standings. He vaulted to the second spot after ranking in the 13th position last week. 

Jun 18, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Harris English plays his shot from the seventh tee during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

English now has 1,889 points and trails Patrick Cantlay who is currently leading the pack. He is 125 points behind Cantlay, but that wouldn’t matter as long as he qualifies for the Tour Championship. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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