Harris English was the winner of an eight-match playoff marathon to sudden death in the Travelers ’Championship on Sunday. To say he was mentally fiscal could be an understatement.
Englishman and opponent Kramer Hickok stopped the 18th twice, then did the same in No. 17, 18, 17, 18 and 18, in that order. The Englishman finally made birdie on the No. 18 in the eighth round of the playoffs.
Not that the English had any idea how long he played. After his victory, he admitted he had lost track of how many holes he had gone to the playoffs.
“I don’t know how far I’ve gone,” said the Englishman. via Jimmy Golen of the Associated Press. “It was incredible. What an experience, and the fans were fantastic. They’re always fantastic here in Hartford, and happy to have to give them a little show at the end. ”
The Englishman also admitted that it was “difficult” to stay mentally focused during the playoffs, which extended the two players ’days on the pitch by more than six and a half hours.
The playoffs are still exciting, but there is no doubt that they can be physically and mentally tiring for those involved. On the other hand, the conditions can sometimes bring out the best in boys.