American tyro English soaking up links adventure

Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:22pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Young American tyro Harris English looked like a kid with a brand new toy at Christmas after launching his British Open campaign with a level-par 72 at Royal Liverpool on Thursday.

The 24-year-old was simply purring about his adventures on the Hoylake links and already looking forward to taking up the challenge again in Friday's second round.

"This is my favorite tournament," English told Reuters in an interview on a sun-baked day on the north-west coast of England.

"This is my fifth or sixth major but the fans here are awesome, the course set-up is awesome - this is the home of golf for me.

"It's really cool, as an American who doesn't play links golf a lot, to come over here. It's a different game for sure but I love it," added the world number 48 after ending his round six strokes adrift of championship leader Rory McIlroy.

"Any time you shoot even-par in a British Open it's a good score and it's certainly kept me in the hunt."

English, who has already won twice on the U.S. PGA Tour, said he was enjoying having to play a variety of shots on a traditional coastal layout.

"Some American guys don't like it over here," he added. "I'm not sure why. For me, I want to play as many British Opens as I can.   Continued...

Harris English tees off on the tenth hole during the second round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports