Saturday 20 April 2019

Conners on a high after 'rollercoaster' week

Corey Conners of Canada swings on the 4th tee during first round play of the 2019 Master golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Corey Conners of Canada swings on the 4th tee during first round play of the 2019 Master golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S., April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

One week you are playing in a Monday qualifier, finding yourself in a six-man play-off with one spot on offer at a San Antonio resort course; the very next you are leader in the clubhouse at the Masters, having been congratulated by Jack Nicklaus on the first tee. Such is the life of Canada's Corey Conners at the moment.

Just as he was at last week's Texas Open, Conners - who hails from Listowel in Ontario, Canada - was the last man to qualify for this 87-strong field, the smallest for a Major in 21 years. Yet he was also the first to rise.

There was a bogey on the 18th in his two-under 70, but that was not about to lower him from the cloud of which he is perched.

After Connors shot 10 birdies in the final round in Texas to land a cool €1.2m, his management company scrambled to find him transport, eventually settling on a private jet. A rental house was located and one of the 27-year-old's clothing sponsors forwarded a set of outfits for the week.

However, on Monday night Conners was spotted at a local supermarket. The reason?

"I needed to buy a few T-shirts and a pair slacks," Conners revealed. "I couldn't go out for dinner in my golf get-up. It's definitely been a rollercoaster."

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