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Somewhat under the radar, another Canadian has burst onto the golf scene.

 

Last week, Mike Weir was going to be the only Canadian teeing it up at Augusta National. After an improbable win at the Valero Texas Open, (one in which he had to play a qualifier and then a playoff to even get into the tournament) Corey Conners of Listowel, Ontario had to cancel his flight home and book a flight to Georgia:

 

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/sports/golf/corey-conners-adds-canadian-flare-to-masters-with-improbable-texas-open-win/ar-BBVHWOz?li=AAggFp5

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Up until last year, Mike Weir shared a spot in the champions’ locker room at Augusta National with 1957 winner Doug Ford. Ford passed away in May 2018, and now Weir is alone.

And up until Sunday night, there wasn’t even another Canadian in the Masters field next week.

Enter Corey Conners.

Conners, of Listowel, Ont., captured the Valero Texas Open by two shots Sunday for his first PGA Tour win. The victory comes with a plethora of opportunities including a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour and a US$1.3-million payday, which is the most beneficial career-wise. But the very last Masters invitation is the most thrilling.

“It’s a bit of a whirlwind right now,” he said after the victory. “It’s not what I expected to be doing after this week ended, but really excited.”

Ask those closest to Conners and you’ll quickly realize a win on the PGA Tour was an issue of “when” and not “if.”

Golf Canada National Team head coach Derek Ingram told Sportsnet he believes Conners is a Jim Furyk/Matt Kuchar-type player who will be a consistent winner on the PGA Tour for more than a decade.

“He’s just that consistent, smart, and committed,” said Ingram. “He is getting more and more comfortable on the PGA Tour, and as this continues … watch out. He is going to be in this position more and more.”

The 27-year-old Conners wasn’t even in the Texas Open field to start the week.

Given his standing on the PGA Tour’s season-long FedEx Cup race last year, he doesn’t have full status for 2019. Conners had to enter an open qualifier on Monday to try and earn one of four final spots.

He tied for third in the qualifier and won a 6-for-1 playoff to get into the field. Two of the three other qualifiers missed the cut, and one finished next-to-last.

Conners became just the fifth Monday Qualifier ever on the PGA Tour to go on to win a title and the first since 2010. Fellow Canadian Brooke Henderson is one of two Monday Qualifiers on the LPGA Tour to do it.

Despite a torrid start Sunday where Conners make birdies on four of his first five holes, he struggled in the middle of his round making four-straight bogeys. But his routine and demeanour never changed. He made six birdies on the back nine to finish with a 6-under 66.

“There was a bit of distance between nine and 10, so in that shuttle ride I just tried to take some deep breaths and regroup,” said Conners. “It was disappointing to make those four bogeys but I was still hitting a lot of good shots, so I knew I was capable of hitting more good shots. I definitely just tried to stay relaxed as best I could.

“Despite making those bogeys I still stayed close to the lead and making the turn that’s all I could ask for.”

Back at Conners’ home club, the semi-private Listowel Golf Club (Listowel is about two hours northwest of Toronto), the membership didn’t get together in person to watch, but head golf professional Brenden Parsons was at the hub of every text, tweet, and call.

“Panic has set it,” he admitted to Sportsnet after Conners made his fourth bogey of the day. That came about 45 minutes after he said four members texted him saying they were all starting to “freak out,” with Air Canada on the other line, destination Augusta, Ga.

But when Parsons realized the win was official, he was crying tears of joy and said there were roars coming from Conners’s hometown.

Conners worked in the pro shop in Listowel for a few years and even moonlighted one afternoon – in full PGA Tour-gear – when his sister was off sick. He remains a popular figure in town, at the golf course, and across Canada.

 

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5 minutes ago, 250Integra said:

Masters Sunday should be a treat. Hope Tiger can make a charge and claim his next major.

It’s awesome to see Tigger back, and playing great again.  I hope he can hold his aging nerves together on the final nine.  The galleries are going to be HUGE, 

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I'm with Gurn. There are more players in the field than TW, but you'd never know it, listening to sports networks.

 

BTW: This includes our own networks TSN and SNET, who couldn't even be bothered to tell us that Corey Conners had made the cut yesterday, because they were too busy jumping on the Tiger bandwagon. <_<

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Brooke Henderson has tied a Canadian record for tours wins, with her 8th by defending her title at the Lotte Championship, in Hawaii.

 

https://www.tsn.ca/henderson-ties-canadian-record-for-wins-on-lpga-or-pga-tour-1.1293958

 

Henderson tied Sandra Post, Mike Weir and George Knudson with the win and did so at 21 years of age. It's not a matter of if she'll eventually hold the Canadian record, it's when and how many will she have when she finally retires.

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On 4/21/2019 at 11:27 AM, RUPERTKBD said:

Brooke Henderson has tied a Canadian record for tours wins, with her 8th by defending her title at the Lotte Championship, in Hawaii.

 

https://www.tsn.ca/henderson-ties-canadian-record-for-wins-on-lpga-or-pga-tour-1.1293958

 

Henderson tied Sandra Post, Mike Weir and George Knudson with the win and did so at 21 years of age. It's not a matter of if she'll eventually hold the Canadian record, it's when and how many will she have when she finally retires.

She'll have the record in less than 2 months I bet. She'll double it in less than 3 years.  I don't doubt she ends up with 8 majors by the end. This girl is good. 

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Gonna play Langara today.

Played Northlands on Weds. I really like Northlands, very pretty. I look to get out more this year.

 

Any local Vancouver course favs for y'all ? 

What courses in BC should I make sure to play?

 

I did Furry Creek a few times. Happy Gilmore!

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2 hours ago, bishopshodan said:

Gonna play Langara today.

Played Northlands on Weds. I really like Northlands, very pretty. I look to get out more this year.

 

Any local Vancouver course favs for y'all ? 

What courses in BC should I make sure to play?

 

I did Furry Creek a few times. Happy Gilmore!

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Tip of the cap to Kevin Na...

 

After winning the Chales Schwab Challenge, Na was in line to win a refurbished 1973 Doge Challenger, but instead, gifted the car to his caddie. Kernny Harms.

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/sports/golf/kevin-na-gives-caddie-awesome-present-right-after-pga-tour-win-thats-your-car/ar-AABXQN5?li=AAggNb9

 

Matt Kuchar....you might want to take note.....

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On 7/26/2019 at 4:52 PM, Alflives said:

Just heard on 650 a 12 year old girl just won the Canadian Armature Championship.  As a reward for her win she gets into the Canadian Women’s Open, which is a huge LPGA event.  This kid is 12!  

I tried to find more info on this, but of course, the sites are pretty much wall to wall with how the Jays crapped the bed at the trade deadline....

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 Golf, the official alternative to other sports...

 

 

Golf compared to other professional sports operates on an entirely higher level, especially to professional football and basketball.

 

Golf is the official alternative to some other sports...

 

 

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14 minutes ago, Heretic said:

 Golf, the official alternative to other sports...

 

 

Golf compared to other professional sports operates on an entirely higher level, especially to professional football and basketball.

 

Golf is the official alternative to some other sports...

 

 

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What a great game!  A shot of Scotch after every hole.  I AM TAKING UP GOLF!!!  

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