Slowly, surely, Canada’s Corey Conners is sneaking up on the top spot at one of the most coveted tournaments in all of golf, The Masters.
Once again this year the Listowel, Ontario pro showed his world-class talent with a share of 6th place at the men’s first major championship of the season. His 285 total this year (70-73-72-70) was good enough to share the placement with Will Zalatoris, and was seven shots back of winner, Scottie Scheffler.
Not only did it guarantee Conners a spot in the field in Augusta in 2023, but also earned him $521,250 That takes him to $2,261,613 for ’21-’22 season.
Conners was sharing 6th place when he started the fourth and final round but could not gain ground. He needed birdies on this final two holes just to retain his position.
It was not like he did not try to do better, as he shared after the round when asked about his goals for the day.
“I was trying to get off to a fast start if I could. Give myself as many opportunities as possible and try and capitalize. I wasn’t playing super easy again. The conditions were perfect, but the golf course was still playing quite tricky,” he explained.
“And overall I’m happy with the round. Nice way to finish, making a couple of birdies at the end. Would have been nice to get off to a little better start, but it is what it is, and overall a solid day.”
While he did not manage a round in the 60s this week, Conners was content with how steadily he performed, not all-that surprising given his recent 3rd place finish at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
“I think every part of my game was working this week. I would have certainly liked to make more birdies, but I was able to get myself out of trouble when needed, make the par-saving putts or the par-saving up-and-downs to keep momentum going and not get myself going backwards.”
With this being his fifth time playing The Masters and given his recent performances, it is obvious Corey, currently ranked 31st in the world, is comfortable around Augusta National. In a sense it is a good match for his strengths.
“I feel like my game is suited well for this course every time I’ve played it. Right-to-left ball flight, and solid from tee to green,” he commented on the topic.
It suits him so much that it just may be the place where he adds to his PGA TOUR win total, which currently sits at one, with a major title. He agrees based on the top ten flurry.
“Gives me a lot of confidence, for sure. I’ve learned a lot each of the last few years and certainly a lot this year. Hopefully I can use to benefit me in the future and keep playing well here.”
Conners’ good friend and fellow Kent State graduate Mackenzie Hughes ended his week at The Masters in a share of 50th place.
Both players will be among a contingent of seven Canadians currently in the field for the RBC Heritage this week in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
They will be joined there by Nick Taylor, Michael Gligic, Roger Sloan, Adam Hadwin, and Adam Svennson.