Georgia player 2nd amateur to win Nationwide event

Augusta National, April 2010
Fred Vuich/Golf Magazine; Illustration: Trevor Johnston

No. 17, Nandina
1998 yardage: 400
2010 yardage: 440

A. A NEW APPROACH
"You were meant to hit about an 8- or 9-iron onto the green on 17. Why? Because both the front of the green and the back left of the green fall off, so you're actually only hitting to a 20-foot deep tabletop. Today, you might have a middle iron or hybrid [approach], and it's impossible to stop the ball on that tabletop with a longer club. To make matters worse, the green is far more severe than MacKenzie ever intended."

THE FINAL WORD
"MacKenzie understood that golf should be fun," Chamblee says. "It should entice you, make you consider something heroic. Maybe you fail, but you had the option of taking that risk. Today, I see players coming off the course and there's no joy. They're bruised, beaten. Why? Because the course is too difficult, and too philosophically different from what MacKenzie intended."

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Harris English became the second amateur to win on the Nationwide Tour this year, rolling in a 10-foot birdie on the last hole for a 1-under 70 to capture the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational.

English, who just finished his senior year at Georgia, joined fellow Bulldog Russell Henley as Nationwide Tour winners this year.

In what looked more like a college tournament on the Scarlet course at Ohio State, a two-shot swing on the last hole gave English a one-shot victory over another amateur, John Peterson of LSU, and Kyle Reifers.

Peterson had a one-shot lead until driving into a bad lie in the rough and making bogey for a 72. English won with his birdie putt, and Reifers also birdied the last hole for a 68 to tie for second.

English and Peterson could not accept prize money as amateurs, so Reifers was awarded first prize of $144,000 which moved him from No. 52 to No. 5 on the Nationwide Tour money list, making it likely that Reifers will return to the PGA Tour next year.

English was coming off a win in the Southern Amateur last week, while Peterson won the NCAA individual title in June.

The win at least gives English status on the Nationwide Tour next year depending on how he fares at PGA Tour qualifying later this year. Still to come are more amateur events, starting with the Porter Cup.

English and Harris hope to play in the Walker Cup in September. U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein, who will be a senior at Oklahoma State, tied for ninth.

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