WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational R1

Harris English takes 2-shot lead at TPC Southwind

WGC Fedex-St Jude 2021 R1
August 05-08
TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee
$10,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes


American Harris English shot a stunning 8-under 62, his lowest score on the PGA Tour, to take the first-round lead in the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.


WGC Fedex-St Jude 2021 R1

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

Harris has won four times on the PGA, including at this event in 2013 before it had World Golf Championships status and is still seeking a WGC win.


WGC Fedex-St Jude 2021 R1

He started the tournament with some form, two of his titles having been won this season, the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January and the Travelers Championship in June as well as finishing third at the U.S. Open.

“Birdieing the first four holes is good all the time. It was just one of those rounds where you’re hitting it where you’re looking.


WGC Fedex-St Jude 2021 R1

“Everything was working, you just kind of get in the zone. All you’re thinking are positive thoughts, you’re hitting good shots and hitting good putts so you just try and keep the gas pedal down.

“I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing. It’s my seventh time playing this course and this tournament so I feel I’ve got a good strategy.”

English ran into some trouble with bogeys at the 10th and 11th but recovered well with birdies on three of his final four holes.

“I’m just happy with the way I fought back,” he said.


WGC Fedex-St Jude 2021 R1

English leads Americans Jim Herman and Matthew Wolff as well as Englishman Ian Poulter and Mexican Carlos Ortiz by two shots.

Poulter, who won the WGC-Match Play in 2010 and WGC-HSBC Champions in 2012, his last European Tour victory, stayed bogey-free as did Ortiz.

Americans Bryson DeChambeau and Scottie Scheffler are tied in third place at 5-under alongside Australian Marc Leishman.


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WGC Fedex-St Jude 2021 R1

DeChambeau is playing for the first time, having missed the Olympics, since a positive Covid-19.

“I’m looking forward to the rest of the weekend,” said DeChambeau. “I feel like I can be there to win on Sunday.”

WGC Fedex-St Jude 2021 R1

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Harris English
-8
62
T2
Jim Herman
-6
64
T2
Carlos Ortiz
-6
64
T2
Ian Poulter *
-6
64
T2
Matthew Wolff
-6
64
T6
Bryson DeChambeau *
-5
65
T6
Marc Leishman *
-5
65
T6
Scottie Scheffler
-5
65
T9
Daniel Berger *
-4
66
T9
Sam Burns *
-4
66
T9
Max Homa *
-4
66
T9
Will Zalatoris *
-4
66
T13
Abraham Ancer
-3
67
T13
Corey Conners
-3
67
T13
Tyrrell Hatton
-3
67
T13
Brad Kennedy
-3
67
T13
Kevin Kisner *
-3
67
T13
Jason Kokrak
-3
67
T13
Min Woo Lee *
-3
67
T13
Collin Morikawa
-3
67
T13
Kevin Na
-3
67
T13
Louis Oosthuizen *
-3
67
T13
Cameron Smith *
-3
67
T13
Justin Thomas
-3
67
T13
Lee Westwood
-3
67
T26
Paul Casey
-2
68
T26
Stewart Cink
-2
68
T26
Cam Davis *
-2
68
T26
Garrick Higgo *
-2
68
T26
Billy Horschel
-2
68
T26
Martin Laird
-2
68
T26
K.H. Lee *
-2
68
T26
Shane Lowry
-2
68
T26
Hideki Matsuyama
-2
68
T26
Patrick Reed
-2
68
T36
Tony Finau *
-1
69
T36
Tommy Fleetwood *
-1
69
T36
Lucas Herbert
-1
69
T36
Dustin Johnson *
-1
69
T36
Matt Jones
-1
69
T36
Robert MacIntyre *
-1
69
T36
Phil Mickelson *
-1
69
T36
Wade Ormsby
-1
69
T36
Justin Rose
-1
69
T36
Xander Schauffele
-1
69
T46
Matt Fitzpatrick *
E
70
T46
Sergio Garcia *
E
70
T46
Brian Harman
E
70
T46
Sungjae Im
E
70
T46
Si Woo Kim
E
70
T46
Brooks Koepka *
E
70
T46
Joaquin Niemann *
E
70
T46
Ryan Palmer
E
70
T46
Aaron Rai
E
70
T55
Patrick Cantlay *
+1
71
T55
Cameron Champ
+1
71
T55
Lucas Glover *
+1
71
T55
Victor Perez *
+1
71
T55
Webb Simpson
+1
71
T55
Jordan Spieth *
+1
71
T55
Robert Streb *
+1
71
62
Rory McIlroy *
+2
72
63
Viktor Hovland *
+3
73
T64
Ryosuke Kinoshita *
+4
74
T64
Adam Scott *
+4
74
66
Wilco Nienaber *
+6
76
* Player started on the back nine