PGA Tour golfer Harris English '07 has realized the dream of many professional golfers, playing on the 2021 U.S.A. Ryder Cup team that recently beat Europe 19-9 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. The U.S.A. has now won 27 Ryder Cups to Europe's 14 but the Europeans had won seven of the previous nine competitions.
English played in three matches and scored one point for the Americans, teaming with Tony Finau for a 4 and 3 win over Europe's Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry in Friday afternoon's four-ball matches. The same teams competed in Saturday's four-ball with McIlroy/Lowry taking English/Finau 1 up. English lost another close one in Sunday's singles matches, falling to European veteran Lee Westwood 1 up.
English was added to the team by U.S. team captain Steve Stricker as one of six "captain's picks," expanded from the usual four due to COVID uncertainty. Stricker added his picks to the list of six automatic qualifiers - Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, and Justin Thomas. The captains' picks were Daniel Berger, English, Finau, Xander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler, and Jordan Spieth.
English had two wins on the Tour in 2021, the Travelers and the Sentry Tournament of Champions, finished third at the U.S. Open, and was tied for 18th in the final FedEx Cup rankings. He has played on one other national team, the 2011 U.S. Walker Cup team, as an amateur.