Ex-Bulldog Harris English coasts in British Open qualifier

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Former Georgia star Harris English blistered the Gleneagles Country Club in Dallas on Monday to earn a spot in July’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

English shot 60-63 to win the In­ter­national Final Qualifying by four over Greg Owen. Stephen Ames, Andres Romero, Justin Hicks, Bob Estes, James Driscoll, Russell Knox and Daniel Chopra also qualified Monday by finishing among the top eight and ties.

Former Augusta State star Patrick Reed shot 68-64 and missed qualifying by one.

The 141st British Open will be played July 19-22.

GETTING CLOSER: Tiger Woods insists he is close to contending on a weekly basis, even if recent results suggest otherwise.

“I think I’m headed in the right direction,” Woods said at Congressional Country Club, where he was promoting the AT&T National, which takes place June 28 to July 1.

Woods has one PGA Tour victory this year, but his game has hit a slump recently with a missed cut in Char­lotte, N.C., and 40th-place finishes at The Masters Tournament and Players Cham­pion­ship.

Rory McIlroy is not among the early commitments for the AT&T National, but in addition to Woods, past tournament champions Nick Watney, Justin Rose and K.J. Choi will play.

KIM OUT FOR YEAR: Anthony Kim will miss the rest of the FedEx Cup season to treat chronic tendinitis in his left arm.

Kim has made only two cuts this year and has withdrawn from his past three tournaments. Along with nagging pain in his left forearm, Kim hurt his right elbow when his club struck a rock while he was trying to hit out of a bush at the Texas Open.

He decided to take time off after seeing the same Cleveland doctor who operated on his left thumb two years ago.

Treatment is expected to last four to five months. That gives Kim hope of returning after the Ryder Cup for the Fall Series.


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