How it Happened: English wins St. Jude Classic

Harris English during the final round of the 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic at Memphis, Tenn.

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Plenty of nerves seemed to be in store for Sunday's final round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, as 54-hole leader Shawn Stefani and playing competitor Harris English chased their first PGA Tour titles.

English, the 36-hole leader, started the day a stroke back – but climbed to the lead late Sunday and held on for the win.

We'll recap the highlights from TPC Southwind in Memphis. And off we go!

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Update #25: 6:01 p.m. EDT

Seeking his first PGA Tour win, Harris English finds the fat part of the green and safely avoids the water left. He has three putts for the win outright, but shouldn't need them at about 30 feet out. English, 23 and a former Georgia Bulldog, lags to inside 2 feet and rolls in the par putt to clinch his first Tour trophy.

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Update #24: 5:53 p.m. EDT

With just the day's final pairing on the course, let's check in on golfers in the top 25 of the Official World Golf Ranking who played this week:

  • No. 6 Brandt Snedeker: Missed cut at 3 over.
  • No. 10 Phil Mickelson: T-2 at 10 under after final-round 67.
  • No. 16 Ian Poulter: T-51 at 1 over after final-round 76.
  • No. 19 Dustin Johnson: T-10 at 5 under after final-round 70.
  • No. 23 Peter Hanson: T-35 at 2 under after final-round 72.

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Update #23: 5:49 p.m. EDT

Leader Harris English faces an approach at the par-4 17th around a tree, but hits it to about 15 feet. He then sinks the birdie putt to extend his margin to two shots as he heads to the final hole.

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Update #22: 5:42 p.m. EDT

From about 40 feet, Scott Stallings nearly makes a scramble-par attempt from the edge of the putting surface. He rolls it past and makes the comebacker to head to the clubhouse at 10 under. Mickelson rolls in his short birdie attempt to also head in at 10 under.

Leader Harris English is up by a shot in the 17th fairway.

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Update #21: 5:38 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson nearly holes out his approach shot at the par-4 18th, the ball kicking just to the right and leaving him inside 2 feet for birdie.

Playing partner and co-leader Scott Stallings misses the fairway right, then hits his approach right of the green. His pitch stops on the collar of the green and he'll have an improbable attempt for par.

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Update #20: 5:27 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson nearly makes a birdie putt at the 17th, perhaps giving leader Scott Stallings a lesson on his similar birdie line. Mickelson's miss is high, while Stallings misses low. Both tap in for par, Stallings at 11 under and Mickelson at 9 under.

Harris English reaches the green in two at the par-5 16th, but is at the front of a long green with the pin back. His lag putt leaves him about 4 feet for birdie, which he rolls in to tie for the lead again.

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Update #19: 5:18 p.m. EDT

Scott Stallings reclaims the lead with a birdie at the par-5 16th, moving to 11 under.

Ryan Palmer sticks his second shot close at the par-4 18th, but leaves the putt on the high side and will head to the clubhouse two shots back of the lead at 9 under.

Phil Mickelson finds the bunker in two at the par-4 15th, then executes a delicate sand save to remain 8 under.

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Update #18: 5:05 p.m. EDT

Patrick Reed falls two shots back of the lead with a bogey at the 15th, missing the green and then failing to get up and down as his par putt runs past. He's 8 under and T-4 alongside Phil Mickelson.

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Update #17: 4:58 p.m. EDT

Harris English moves into a share of the lead with a par at No. 14, as Scott Stallings hits his approach at No. 15 into the water – well short of the green – and goes on to make double bogey. Both are 10 under, one ahead of Ryan Palmer and Patrick Reed; Phil Mickelson is two shots back of the lead.

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Update #16: 4:39 p.m. EDT

Another two-putt par for Scott Stallings at No. 14, and the current leader has opened the back nine with five consecutive pars.

He stays one ahead of Harris English and two in front of Patrick Reed, who misses a 5-footer for birdie on No. 13.

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Update #15: 4:22 p.m. EDT

Don't forget about Patrick Reed, as the former Augusta State standout birdies No. 12 to move to 10 under on the tournament, two back of leader Scott Stallings.

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Update #14: 4:10 p.m. EDT

Scott Stallings nearly chips in for birdie at the par-4 12th, hitting the stick and ricocheting out. He knocks in a 3-footer to stay at 12 under, but has only a one-shot lead after Harris English birdies his second consecutive hole, hitting his tee ball at the par-3 11th to about 4 feet.

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Update #13: 4:02 p.m. EDT

Harris English gets one back, making a putt from the fringe on the par-4 10th to get within two shots of Scott Stallings with eight to play.

Shawn Stefani bogeys the 10th -- his third straight -- and has fallen all the way back to 8 under.

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Update #12: 3:45 p.m. EDT

Scott Stallings' lead is now three after Harris English and Shawn Stefani both bogey the par-4 9th. The final pairing is 5 over on the day at the turn.

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Update #11: 3:40 p.m. EDT

Scott Stallings bombs his drive at the par-4 10th, but finds a greenside bunker with his approach. He does manage to get up-and-down from the sand to stay at 12 under, now two shots ahead of Harris English and Shawn Stefani after they both bogey the par-3 8th.

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Update #10: 3:23 p.m. EDT

And there's a new leader in Memphis, as Scott Stallings nails an 18-footer at No. 9 to move to 12 under. Stallings has a bogey-free card with four birdies on his opening nine.

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Update #9: 3:21 p.m. EDT

After giving a shot back on No. 7 with a miss from 6 feet, but gets the shot back with a birdie bomb from 30 feet at No. 8 to inch toward the turn at 8 under.

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Update #8: 3:16 p.m. EDT

Harris English misses an 8-footer for birdie at No. 6 to remain at 11 under, while Shawn Stefani makes a 4-footer to save par to remain tied for the lead.

Moments later, Scott Stallings makes it a three-way tie for the lead with a birdie at No. 8 from about 6 feet.

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Update #7: 3:00 p.m. EDT

Harris English has recorded only one par through five holes, picking up his second bogey of the day to fall back to 11 under, again tied with Shawn Stefani.

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Update #6: 2:53 p.m. EDT

Harris English has taken the outright lead with his second consecutive birdie, this one at the par-4 4th that sends him to 12 under, one shot clear of Shawn Stefani.

Scott Stallings has moved to within two shots after a birdie at the par-4 6th hole, his second of the day.

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Update #5: 2:23 p.m. EDT

Harris English responds to his bogey at No. 2 with a 15-footer for birdie at No. 3 to draw even with Shawn Stefani at 11 under, one clear of Patrick Reed.

Stefani left his birdie attempt 2 feet short at No. 3.

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Update #4: 2:20 p.m. EDT

Patrick Reed and Nicholas Thompson both fail to take advantage of the par-5 3rd hole, settling for pars to stay at 10 under and 9 under, respectively.

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Update #3: 2:07 p.m. EDT

Shawn Stefani re-takes the lead after a bogey by Harris English at the par-4 2nd, with Stefani now holding a one-shot advantage over English and Patrick Reed. Scott Stallings and Nicholas Thompson are both two back, while Phil Mickelson makes a 2-footer for birdie at the par-5 3rd to move within three.

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Update #2: 2:01 p.m. EDT

Nicholas Thompson buries an 18-footer from above the hole on No. 2 to move to 9 under, two shots off the lead. Playing competitor Patrick Reed makes a shorter birdie putt to start his round birdie-birdie to move to 10 under.

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Update #1: 1:55 p.m. EDT

Shawn Stefani starts on the wrong foot, coming up short of the green out of the rough with his approach, pitching to about 8 feet past and missing his par putt, falling back to 11 under, now tied with Harris English.

English got up-and-down from the left rough with a long pitch shot that settled 2 feet from the hole.

Patrick Reed has moved one shot closer after a birdie at No. 1, using a spectacular shot from the rough to about 18 inches that gave him a tap-in.

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Third-round coverage

5 Things: Stefani overcomes quad to take St. Jude lead

Shawn Stefani fired a 4-under 66 on Saturday -- a round that included a quadruple-bogey -- to take a one-shot lead over Harris English heading into Sunday's final round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis.

How it happened: Stefani takes one-shot lead at St. Jude

Despite a quadruple-bogey on the par-3 11th, Shawn Stefani was able to battle back with four birdies over his final five holes to take a one-shot lead at the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Saturday.

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Second-round coverage

5 Things: First Tour win in English's sights at Memphis

After six players held a share of the top spot after the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, Harris English shot 6-under 64 to move to 10 under and take a two-shot lead. Here are 5 Things you need to know.

How it Happened: English commandeers St. Jude lead after two rounds

Recap with the second round of the St. Jude Classic right here, as Harris English distanced himself from five other first-round leaders and some surprising names missed the cut.

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First-round coverage

5 Things: Love among leaders in Memphis

On a day when low scores were held in check, a handful of 40-somethings turned in impressive first-round performances at TPC Southwind. Davis Love III, 49, shot 4-under 66 to grab a share of the lead. He is joined by 42-year-old Stuart Appleby and 47-year-old Glen Day, as well as Nathan Green, who is nearly 40 at 38 years old, Harris English and Martin Flores.

How it Happened: Six share first-round lead in Memphis

Phil Mickelson makes just his third appearance in the St. Jude Classic, but finishes his first day five shots behind a co-leading group of six.

Second-round tee times

Check out the tee times and pairings for the second round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn.

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Pre-tournament coverage

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