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Harris English rises to career high in world ranking

American improves 12 spots, to No. 17, with playoff victory at Sentry Tournament of Champions

17: Position in the Official World Golf Ranking, an improvement of 12 spots, for American Harris English, who won the PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions on Sunday. English, 31, won his third career title but his first in more than seven years. He birdied the first playoff hole at Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course on Hawaii’s Maui island to defeat Chile’s Joaquin Niemann. Though neither player had won last year, they gained spots in what traditionally is a winners-only field when the PGA Tour expanded entry requirements. Qualifiers for the Tour Championship were invited to Kapalua after the COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of 10 tournaments last year. Even in defeat, Niemann improved from No. 45 to No. 31 in the ranking. American Dustin Johnson, the reigning FedEx Cup and Masters champions, remained No. 1 for a 21st consecutive week.

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