Corey Conners making a push for a Presidents Cup spot

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It is clear that Corey Conners traveled to Asia this fall with one clear goal, to make a final push towards being one of Ernie Els’s captain’s picks, for the Presidents Cup this December.

In his last two starts, Conners has finished T12 and T6. As well, after the first round of the HSBC World Golf Championship event in Shanghai, Conners sits T7 after firing a five-under 67.

Though these are not full-field events, these are still very strong tournament fields, with many of the top players in the world competing.

Conner’s strong 2019 season may have been enough to already have impressed the captains of Team International, as he was seen in the back of picture posted by Abraham Ancer at a team dinner in South Korea last week, hosted by assistant captain KJ Choi.

The captains pick will be official in the lead up to the event, with each team choosing four additional players.

If he were to make the team he would not be the only Canadian apart of Team International. As Masters winner, Mike Weir is an assistant captain and Medicine Hat, Alberta native, Dale Vallely is the caddie for Abraham Ancer.

The Presidents Cup begins on December 12th at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Victoria, Australia.

The event has taken place 12 times since its inception in 1994. The only time Team International has won has come at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in 1998.

Four Canadians in stacked Shell Houston Open Field

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In a field that boasts the likes of Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker, four Canadians are set to compete in the Shell  Houston Open.

Competing this week are Canadians Ben Silverman, Corey Conners, Nick Taylor and Mackenzie Hughes.

This event is known for being a good test as it is the last event before The Masters. Also, this event this year will be the last year of Shell being the presenting sponsor of the Tournament as it has decided to move on.

Conners was the only one of the four to compete last week finishing T13 in the opposite field event in the Dominican Republic.

In last seasons event Hughes finished T23, shooting a 68 in the final round.

This will be the last opportunity for any these four Canadians to punch their ticket to compete at Augusta as none have qualified thus far.

 

Corey Conners fires a 64 in the first round of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship

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Corey Conners fired a 64 that included nine birdies in Punta Cana this morning. Conners is competing this week in the PGA Tour’s alternate field event.

Conners round this morning included nine birdies and one bogey.  Conners is apart of a group of players who played the course last year on the Web.com Tour, he finished T53 shooting 70,69,68,73.

Conners comes into this week after his best finish on the PGA Tour finishing T16 at the Valspar Championship, after holding the lead in the event through three rounds.

Canadians David Hearn and Mike Weir are also competing in the event in the Dominican Republic this week.

Corey Conners: A look back and a look forward

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Valspar: 

Corey Conners proved a lot this week. He not only proved he can compete on the PGA Tour but that he can compete against many of the biggest names in golf, with a huge spotlight cast on him, thanks to Tiger.

Considering he got into the tournament as an alternate, Conners wasted no time gaining a lead which he held through the third round.

Though a 77 on Sunday took Conners out of contention, he has now become a household name for many Canadians (and maybe some Americans) due to his solid play and smooth swing in one of the most watched tournaments in a long time.

Moving Forward: 

Conners has already been impressive this season. He has missed only one cut in 11 starts and has solid stats as well.

Conners is not in the field at the Arnold Palmer Invitational but should be in the field for the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship, a new alternate field event during the matchplay week.

This new tournament is formerly a Web.Com event, which Conners played last year finishing T53. This experience combined with his solid play promises another exciting tournament for Conners.