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Harris English wins OHL Classic in Mexico

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - Harris English won the rain-delayed OHL Classic for his second PGA Tour title, pulling away for a four-stroke victory in a 29-hole Sunday finish at Mayakoba.

English closed with a 6-under 65 after completing the third round in the morning with a 68. He moved into contention Saturday morning in the second round, matching the lowest round of his tour career with a 62.

"I guess I found something in my swing - a little swing key that helping me out," English said. "I hit the ball really well all week. It got a little windy the first two days and I struggled a bit with my driver, but I found it down the stretch."

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The 24-year-old former University of Georgia star finished at a tournament-record 21-under 263.

"My first time at Mayakoba," English said. "It's such a great tournament. Had a great time this week. Stayed down in Playa. Had some great beach time. Had some good golf course time."

He won the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June in Tennessee for his first PGA Tour victory.

"I was a lot more comfortable out there than I was a Memphis," English said.

English and Rory McIlroy are the only current players under 25 with multiple PGA Tour victories.

Brian Stuard shot a 67 to finish second.

The leaders had to complete more than half of the third round on Sunday following torrential rain earlier in the week that put the event behind schedule. After more than 4 1/2 inches of rain hit the course from Wednesday to Friday, players were allowed to use preferred lies.

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Third-round leader Robert Karlsson, who led by a stroke at the turn, sent drives into jungle hazards at the 12th and 13th holes for successive bogeys and then double-bogeyed 14 to fall out of contention and hand a big lead to English.

The Swede finished tied for sixth at 15 under.

"I've been struggling with the long shots, in general," the 44-year-old said. "Usually, you get found out sooner or later. ... I'm still very, very pleased."

Jason Bohn (68), Chris Stroud (68) and Rory Sabbatini (70) tied for third at 16 under.

Justin Hicks (67), Justin Leonard (67) and Charles Howell III (69) joined Karlsson at 15 under.

Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont. closed with a final round 75 to finish at 4-over par.

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The Mayakoba event marked the sixth official tournament of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, which for the first time started its season in October, rather than January.

The tour now takes a break before resuming in Hawaii in early January.


Driver: PING G25 (Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki Tour 63x shaft), 9.5 degrees

3-wood: PING G5 (Aldila RIP 80x shaft), 15 degrees

5-wood: PING G20 (UST Mamiya VTS Pro Force 8x Black shaft), 18 degrees

Irons (3-9): PING S56 (True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts)

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (47, 52, 58 degrees; True Temper Dyanmic Gold X100 shafts)

Putter: PING Scottsdale Ho-Hum

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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