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In watching the when-would-it-ever-end playoff on Sunday at the Travelers Championship, you could tell it meant a lot to Harris English to win, obviously, but that it meant everything to Kramer Hickok.
Such were their standings in the PGA Tour hierarchy. Even though they are less than three years apart in age.
English has quietly established himself during this second act of his career as one of the top players in the game. Hickok was probably not even known by 50 percent of the people at TPC River Highlands. Which is why he was the gallery favorite for the astounding eight-hole, two-hour playoff.
In the end, the better player won. That's not to say that English won because he's the better player, because the longer it went it was basically a coin flip.
The eight-hole playoff tied for the second longest in PGA Tour history and made English the only two-time winner in calendar 2021 (both in playoffs). Wrap your head around that one. The year is six months old.
English now has four career wins. He is up to No. 12 in the world – which, at age 31, is the best of his career. He's ranked higher than Louis Oosthuizen, Webb Simpson, Hideki Matsuyama, Paul Casey, Jordan Spieth and on and on. English was just top-5 at the U.S. Open two weeks ago, and also at the 2020 U.S. Open. And he was runner-up in the Northern Trust playoff event last year.