AUGUSTA | Corey Conners had a big day on Saturday at the Augusta National. He recorded the best Canadian score at the Masters Tournament and will bring back a collector’s item in his suitcases.
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Author of a second card of 65 (-7), he registered the lowest score of the second round of the Masters Tournament which he completed in the morning by making a succession of birdies.
No Canadian had achieved such a feat since 1934. Mike Weir, during his victory in 2003, Stephen Ames, Dave Barr, Al Balding and Stan Leonard had all already played 68 (-4).
“It is truly an honor to have achieved this considering the golfers of Canada who have been here. It was a pleasant round. Probably my best in career, he said, proud of himself. I hope to be able to repeat the move in the future. “
And as tradition dictates, whoever records the best score receives a sublime crystal vase bearing the club’s effigy.
“Last year, I had an eagle in the first round, which also earned me crystal glasses. So I just won the vase to complete the set, ”said the 28-year-old Ontarian, smirking, who did not know his award.
His wife Malory, who is following him step by step this week, was eager to discover the surprise. A wine lover, however, Conners still had no idea what to pour into it when he got home.
Confidence and energy
Beyond the honors and the award, the golfer gained confidence on this mysterious course, where he had only played once under the 70 mark. It was during his participation as an amateur in 2015. He thus responded to a baptism of fire of 80 the day before.
“This 65 gave me a lot of confidence. I understood that it is possible to post a good score here if we follow the plan. It’s a great benefit and an incredible surge of energy. I am much more comfortable. “
Conners did not repeat the feat, however, immediately resuming the start of the third round by continuing with a card of 71 (-1). Bugs at his last two holes pushed him back to 15e rank with a cumulative record of -6. He was eyeing the top 10. Obviously disappointed with this conclusion, he preferred to sum up his day by reflecting on his exploits.
If he were to climb into the top 12 on Sunday, he would ensure his presence at the 2021 edition. He aims for this goal, but above all aims to finish in style.
The sympathetic Ontarian was not yet 23 when he received his first invitation to participate in the Masters. Still having the amateur label attached to his name, he showed up at the club gate on Washington Road more than three months before the tournament to study the course and make part of his dream come true.
“I was impressed by the beauty of the place. I still remember it very well. There is no way to describe this feeling, it is so special and magical. “
“I was so excited. I grew up watching Mike Weir win. This is what made me love the game and motivated me to make a career out of it. Playing this tournament as an amateur back then was amazing. ”
Five years later, the Canadian’s name appears in the main draw, in the top 15.
A terrible stallion
In his own words, Phil Mickelson is “a powerful stallion” from the tees this week at the Masters. The stallion however derailed on the Greens. A real foot.
The triple champion of the green jacket who is in his 28e presence in Augusta is unable to adapt to surfaces. “It’s completely horrible,” he testified after the second round, believing he could fix the issues ahead of the weekend.
The mission failed because with an average of 32.04 putts per round after 54 holes, the worst of his Masters Tournament career, he had another grueling day on Saturday on faster and faster greens. He made 36, among other things because of two surfaces where he made two terrible three putts.
By handing in his third card of 79 (+7), Lefty no longer had enough tricks in his bag to illustrate it. She was marked with six bogueys, a triple bugy and 2 birdies.
Rather than heading for the top of the board, he tumbled all the way to the bottom, with a +2 record.