Harry Higgs is finally having fun again


After finishing tied for 14th at the Masters last April, Harry Higgs has seen the walls of competitive golf close together even tighter, and more fun than the game he grew up adoring dry.


He does what he’s supposed to do, hitting the range for hours on end, and following a thorough routine of setting and cutting drills, often at his home club in Trinity Forest near Dallas.

But even Higgs, known for his social personality and keen insight, admits that some of the fun has gone missing while competing at the game’s highest level. He missed five consecutive cuts after leaving Augusta and lost his tour card after a disappointing year that saw him finish just once inside the top ten.

So when he saw a second appearance in Tito’s Shorties Classic pop-up in his schedule, cute Higgs was eager to let it go and have a little fun.

The event, held at Butler Pitch and Putt in downtown Austin, Texas, is a four-person game of skins on a postage stamp in the heart of one of the most vibrant cities in the country. Drinks on hand. Trash talk flies. Dogs and PGA Tour pros walking together. And in the end, maybe just the dose Higgs needs after a grueling period.

The event took place in November but will air on the Golf Channel on January 11, 2023, at 7 p.m. ET, with commentary by Amanda Renner and the Bob Does Sports crew. Tito donated to the charity they were each playing for, with a total donation of $290,000.

“I went on a youth trip with four guys of my squad, and did a few other things for fun here or there, but all When I do something like this, I think and say out loud basically to anyone who will listen, and my knowledge of me obviously turns on everyone,Holy hat-, it’s very nice to be reminded of that, but that’s supposed to be fun, right? Higgs said.

“One of the things that has surprised me the most, now, this is my fourth year, is how quickly this turned into a job, which I probably knew was coming, but maybe not as fast as it did.”

the Classic Shortcuts It doesn’t feel like a job, though he did get paid for the event, along with returning player Joel Dahmen and starters Keith Mitchell and Beau Haussler.


Joel Dahmen raises his hands during Tito’s Shorties Classic, which will air on The Golf Channel as Keith Mitchell and Beau Hossler watch. (Photo courtesy of PGA Tour Entertainment)

Will Higgs and Dahmen forever through their half-naked adventure at last year’s WM Phoenix Open And Mitchell is an old friend with whom Higgs often lived while playing on the PGA Latinoamérica Tour. Haussler, a University of Texas alumnus and player, Higgs called him “the smartest guy in the quartet, even though he thinks he’s smarter than he is.”

According to Higgs, this year’s version of the event lived up to its debut, which featured Pat Perez’s shutout and Harold Varner III winning first prize for charity by sinking a 15-foot putt on the final hole with one hand on his putter and the other wrapped around a beach ball.

“That’s why we’re in the game or anybody’s in the game to hang out with their friends. You know, being outside and maybe traveling to some fancy places. But you don’t travel. You just go to a place like Butler’s, because, you know, you might live down the street. That’s why we’re all in the game, and we’re meant to have fun with our friends,” Higgs said. “Obviously, enjoy some competition here and there. But like, oh, just go have fun with your friends. That’s exactly what this was. “

Higgs is known for having fun. And he’s hoping his game is heading in the right direction after making the cut at his last two events, both of which are sponsor exemptions. The SMU product shot a second round 62 at Mayakoba en route to a T-31 and then followed with a T-21 at the RSM Classic.

And while he can’t reveal how he played on Butler’s team, it’s fitting that he may have demonstrated the skills that helped him finish 13 in the top 25 in his first two seasons on tour.

Most importantly, he believes the foursome kept it clean enough to give Golf Channel 22 minutes of programming, something he worried about last year.

“I think we’ve done a pretty decent job of entertaining people this year, certainly in person, and I imagine it will come across on TV as rather entertaining,” Higgs said. “LLast year, I couldn’t believe they found 30 minutes without swearing based on how we went. I was shocked when I saw that, I was like holy cow, they didn’t have Sabba at all, because we SNA all the time.”

As for the venue, Higgs followed suit Dahmen comments a year ago on how urban golf is set up Something every city could use.

“I’d heard some stories about Butler before I agreed to play here last year but I never did. I had some friends in Austin, or here in Dallas who got wind of us going out there and gave me a heads up.” “But every major city, or not so big city, needs something like that. Butler kind of makes the event, right? There were probably about a thousand people there, sort of walking around and loitering, and for a man or a woman, they would either say it out loud or you could see it expressed on their face, how proud they were as if we were there at their home court.

“I don’t think PGA Tour professionals should necessarily be in the business of growing the game. This gets talked about a lot and I was always like, er, you shouldn’t be listening to us. But if you ask me, we need more tournaments, more things like Butler. And you You know, maybe having us come in and highlight those courses for the region, and obviously for a good cause like we did, that would definitely help develop the game.”

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