By PGATOUR.COM Staff
Brandt Snedeker, the 2012 FedExCup champion, has withdrawn from the Franklin Templeton Shootout due to injury and will be replaced by two-time PGA TOUR winner Harris English.
English will team with Matt Kuchar on Dec. 13-15 at Tiburon Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla. Snedeker bruised his left tibia and strained the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee after jumping off a Segway on Nov. 4 in China. The injury already has forced him to withdraw from the Australian PGA Championship and next week's Northwestern Mututal World Challenge.
“I have been pain-free for the last five or so days. However, based on advice from my doctor, I feel it would be best to not push a return so that I will be at full strength and ready for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions (on Jan. 3-6 in Kapalua, Hawaii),” Snedeker said in a statement on the Franklin Templeton Shootout website. “The Franklin Templeton Shootout is such a fun event and I regret not being there this year. I want to thank Greg Norman for understanding my situation and I know they will have a great 25th anniversary competition in Naples.”
English, who recently won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, and Rory McIlroy are the only current players under the age of 25 with multiple TOUR victories. English won the FedEx St. Jude Classic earlier this year.
Sean O’Hair and Charles Schwab Cup champion Kenny Perry are the defending Franklin Templeton Shootout champions.
By Dr. Gregg Steinberg, Special to PGATOUR.COM
Do you rapidly recall of all the flubs you hit last week as you prepare for this next chip shot? Do you only think of that snap hook that went out of bounds as you set up for that important tee shot?
It is very easy to recall all your bad shots and allow that to poison your mind on the course. But the great players do the opposite; they have selective amnesia.
Just ask Harris English, the winner of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Harris English said that he remembers the good shots and can’t recall his flubs or mishaps on the course. His mental-game ability to possess selective amnesia is one key factor that has led to his rapid rise to greatness on the PGA TOUR.
Here are a few suggestions to develop selective amnesia in your mental game:
1. Use thought stopping. When you begin to think of that flub or snap hook, say “ Stop” in your mind as loud as you can. Then replace that with a positive image of a great chip or a drive down the middle.
2. Use the rubber band technique. If the above method does not work, tie a rubber band around your wrist. When that negative thought creeps into your mind, snap the rubber band. Not so hard that it hurts but just painful enough to get your attention. Then replace it with a positive image. Both of these techniques are reconditioning your mind to let go of bad images and thoughts and replace them with desired ones.
We are always told that forgetfulness is a bad trait. That’s true when it comes to forgetting where you put your keys or wallet. However, forgetfulness can be a desired mental skill when it concerns your history of bad shots.
Great players like Harris English have developed great mental habits such as selective amnesia. You too can develop this essential mental skill with practice!
Dr. Gregg Steinberg is a regular guest every Tuesday on “Talk of the Tour” heard on the Sirius/XM PGA TOUR radio. He is a tenured professor of sports psychology and has been the mental game coach for many PGA TOUR players. Dr. Gregg is the author of the best selling golf psychology book, MentalRules for Golf. Inquire about coaching as well as get your autographed copy at www.drgreggsteinberg.com
Harris English is a winner on the PGA TOUR for the second time in five months, winning the OHL Classic at Mayakoba by four shots over Brian Stuard after a final-round 65.
English, 24, racked up seven birdies in the first 13 holes with one bogey to build an insurmountable lead at 21 under. Robert Karlsson, who owned the third-round lead after it was completed Sunday morning, went bogey-bogey-double bogey from the 12th through 14th holes to fall from contention. He finished in a tie for sixth, six shots back.
With the win, English picks up 500 FedExCup points and moves to second in the season-long points race. Jimmy Walker leads.
English, who won the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June, now can claim wins in two consecutive seasons as the OHL Classic was the sixth official event of the 2013-14 season. The next official event will be the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui, Hawaii, Jan. 3-6.
Harris English is a winner again on the PGA TOUR, taking Sunday's OHL Classic at Mayakoba by four shots.
The 24-year-old University of Georgia product won in June at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He has two wins in 57 TOUR starts.
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A wet course and an early tee time was no match for Harris English on Satruday at Mayakoba.
The big Georgian birdied the last two holes as he finished his second round. He putted out for a 62, which got him to 9 under on the day and 12 under for the week.
That tied him with Kevin Stadler and Robert Karlsson, both of whom finished Friday.
It was a big turnaround for English, endured a sloppy 68 in the first round. He's looking for his second PGA TOUR win after taking the FedEx St. Jude Classic last June.
"Finally this tournament my putting has come around," English said. "I changed putters and went back to my old PING putter that I played with in college. Just brought back some good memories and been putting really well this week."
Lefthander Tim Wilkinson nearly matched English's 62, but he bogeyed the par-4 ninth to finish with a 63.
The cut finished at 1 under. The third round will begin at 2:15 p.m. ET off split tees.
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Pingpong, anyone? That's what Harris English and Russell Henley played during the weather delay in the final round of the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
No word on the winner.
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Conway Farms Golf Club may be hosting its first PGA TOUR event this week, but the site of the BMW Championship has held its share of prestigious amateur tournaments, including the NCAA Championship, Western Amateur and multiple USGA events and qualifiers.
Most of the BMW Championship’s 70-man field will be seeing Conway Farms for the first time, but a handful of competitors have played the course in those amateur competitions. Here’s how players in the BMW field fared in past events at Conway Farms:
2009 WESTERN AMATEUR
SEMIFINALS: Zach Barlow def. Patrick Reed, 3 and 2
QUARTERFINALS: Patrick Reed def. Andrea Pavan, 2 up
ROUND OF 16: Patrick Reed def. Dylan Frittelli, 4 and 3
T2. Patrick Reed, 69-70-71-71-- 281
45. Harris English, 75-70-77-78--300
2008 U.S. OPEN SECTIONAL QUALIFYING
T2. Chris Kirk, 68-71--139
T2. D.A. Points, 69-70--139
15. Daniel Summerhays, 75-69--144
(Note: Kirk and Points qualified for U.S. Open.)
2006 CANON CUP
Peter Uihlein (East) def. Rickie Fowler (West), 5 and 4
Patrick Reed (East) def. Kyle Stanley (West), 5 and 4
2002 CANON CUP
Henry Liaw (West) def. Roberto Castro (East), 5 and 4
Chris Kirk (East) def. Randy Lowry (West), 6 and 5
Andrew Dresser (West) def. Webb Simpson (East), 2 and 1
(Note: Canon Cup is a team, match-play competition conducted by the AJGA, pitting teams from each side of the Mississippi River against each other.)
1998 U.S. JUNIOR
FIRST ROUND: Tom Johnson def. Brandt Snedeker, 4 and 2
(Note: Aaron Baddeley, who did not qualify for the BMW, was medalist and runner-up.)
1997 NCAA Championship
T6. Rory Sabbatini (Arizona), 71-72-73-68--284
MC. Jason Dufner (Auburn), 75-71--146
MC. Zach Johnson (Drake), 81-69--150
MC. Matt Kuchar (Georgia Tech)*, 77-76--153
*-played as individual