panic by English for title defense in Mexico
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[November 13, 2014]
(Reuters) - Panic is off the agenda
for Harris English, despite a lengthy barren run, as he aims to reignite
his form in the welcome surrounds of the El Camaleon Golf Club for his
title defense at this week's OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
A year ago at the same venue in Mexico's Playa del Carmen, the
American was on a hot streak as he cruised to his second PGA Tour
victory in five months, one of six top-10 finishes he recorded in
his first 10 events of the 2013-14 season.
However, English has since failed to replicate that consistency, and
has made the cut only three times in his last nine starts on the
"I don't want to panic," the 25-year-old told PGATour.com while
preparing for Thursday's opening round. "In this game you can be so
close sometimes and ... it's a brutal game.
"It'll knock you down when you're at the highest of the high and
it'll do some unexpected things ... you've just got to let it come
English, who has triumphed twice on the PGA Tour, feels his game has
improved markedly since his recent change in swing coach from Mike
Taylor to Scott Hamilton.
"It was nothing against him," English said of his decision to leave
Taylor, with whom he had worked since his senior year of college. "I
just had to hear something different.
"My game's getting a lot better. I've been working hard the past
couple weeks, couple months and it's coming together.
"If I can keep getting better and better every day and keep giving
myself opportunities, then it'll click."
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Returning to the El Camaleon Golf Club, where he won last year's OHL
Classic at Mayakoba by four shots, has been an automatic tonic for
"It's a place I'll always want to come back to if I play golf or
don't play golf," he said. "This tournament has done so much for me
... so I'm really looking forward to the challenge of defending my
English has been grouped with fellow American and FedExCup points
leader Robert Streb and Canadian rookie Nick Taylor, who won his
first PGA Tour title at the Sanderson Farms Championship on Sunday,
for the first two rounds.
The OHL Classic is the seventh event on the 2014-15 PGA Tour, which
will then take a break of almost two months before resuming with the
Jan. 9-12 Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank
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