Harris English has had hip problems for 10 years, but he finally reached a point where he could no longer play golf and opted to have surgery. He is still recovering from the surgery, but he is confident he will be able to compete at this week’s Memorial Tournament.
He has a good feeling about his recovery and hopes to be back in action by next month’s Travelers Championship. He won twice last year on the Tour and finished third in the U.S. Open, and he is now ranked 24th on the Tour.
A good walk is a must for any player on the Tour, and for Harris English that’s no exception. The Valdosta native is taking long walks on St. Simons Island and has been hitting short irons with his coach Justin Parsons.
The Memorial is a major step toward the final two majors of the season, and it will be interesting to see if English can make that jump after not playing since early January because of a torn labrum. He has been walking a full 18 holes several times in the past month and feels like he can get his body ready to compete.
In addition to a full physical, English also is testing his new putter grip, which he had trouble with in a minor kerfuffle at the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in October. His Elite Bermuda putter is fifth in scoring on easy courses and it looks to be a good fit for his game.
After surgery, it will be interesting to see if English’s results improve with the new grip and his confidence boost. He has had a good 2021 season on the Tour, winning twice and finishing tied for 21st in the Masters. But he also had to withdraw from The Players Championship after two holes of a practice round because he was in too much pain to walk.
He is hoping to bounce back soon, and that might be a good way for him to ease into the season. He doesn’t want to be rushed back to competition, and he wants to make sure he is fully recovered from his hip surgery before returning to the field.
In addition to being a successful athlete, Harris English is also an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and complex knee injuries. He has a board certification in Orthopedic Surgery and is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is a member of the Azalea Medical Group and has been practicing in the East Texas area for over 20 years. He spent a year in Sydney, Australia where he completed a fellowship in Orthopedic Surgery. He is a member of the BWH Hippocrates Society and the Orthopaedic Society of Australia. He has published a number of scientific papers and serves as the director of the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation. He is the founder of the Stepping Strong Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery and is also the chairman of a Department of Defense peer-reviewed Orthopaedic research program.