Ended more than seven years without a PGA Tour victory when he beat Joaquin Niemann in a play-off for the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii in January.
That result moved English into the game’s top 20 for the first time, his ranking having tumbled from 36th in 2014 to 373rd five years later. By adding the Travelers Championship in late June – after a marathon eight-hole play-off against Kramer Hickok – he reached a career-high 12th.
He was runner-up to Dustin Johnson in the first of the FedEx Cup play-off series last August and a month later was fourth in the U.S. Open, his best major finish until he came third in the same event this June.
He comfortably qualified for Royal St George’s as one of the world’s top 50 following the PGA Championship in May.
His two previous Tour wins both came in 2013, first at the FedEx St Jude Classic and then in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. He tied for 15th at Muirfield in the same season.
As an amateur English won on the Nationwide Tour in 2011, the year he played in the Walker Cup at Royal Aberdeen alongside Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay. America lost 14-12, but he won his two singles against Andy Sullivan and James Byrne.
At 18 he was the third youngest winner of the Georgia State Amateur behind the great Bobby Jones and Charlie Yates.