No panic by English for title defense in Mexico

Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:45pm EST
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(Reuters) - Panic is off the agenda for Harris English, despite a lengthy barren run, as he aims to reignite his form in the welcome surrounds of the El Camaleon Golf Club for his title defense at this week's OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

A year ago at the same venue in Mexico's Playa del Carmen, the American was on a hot streak as he cruised to his second PGA Tour victory in five months, one of six top-10 finishes he recorded in his first 10 events of the 2013-14 season.

However, English has since failed to replicate that consistency, and has made the cut only three times in his last nine starts on the U.S. circuit.

"I don't want to panic," the 25-year-old told while preparing for Thursday's opening round. "In this game you can be so close sometimes and ... it's a brutal game.

"It'll knock you down when you're at the highest of the high and it'll do some unexpected things ... you've just got to let it come to you."

English, who has triumphed twice on the PGA Tour, feels his game has improved markedly since his recent change in swing coach from Mike Taylor to Scott Hamilton.

"It was nothing against him," English said of his decision to leave Taylor, with whom he had worked since his senior year of college. "I just had to hear something different.

"My game's getting a lot better. I've been working hard the past couple weeks, couple months and it's coming together.

"If I can keep getting better and better every day and keep giving myself opportunities, then it'll click."   Continued...

Aug 6, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; PGA golfer Harris English tees off with a driver during practice for the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports