Re: Golf ChatJan 28th, 2017
Tiger is also the most motivated guy you will find in sports.
Brooke Henderson 1st Canadian woman in 45 years to win national golf title
Brooke Henderson was reminded all week of what was at stake at the CP Women's Open.
She knew about the 45-year Canadian victory drought at the tournament, the pressure of playing on home soil, the list of the LPGA Tour's finest players who were nipping at her heels.
Henderson wasn't fazed by any of it. She was aggressive from the start of Sunday's final round and played like someone on the chase instead of in the lead.
It was a plan that worked to perfection at the Wascana Country Club as Henderson rolled to a four-shot victory over American Angel Yin.
"Henderson raised her arms in the air in victory and hugged her sister Brittany, who was on her bag all week. Their ecstatic father, Dave, ran on to the green and doused them in champagne.
The crowd started belting O Canada as Henderson was mobbed by friends, family and other players.
"Ten minutes from when I hit my second shot in on 18 to when I made that putt and when the celebrations all happened, those are the things that I'll remember forever," Henderson said."
And she's only 20 years old. Well done, Brooke. Well done.
Corey Conners lines up a putt on the 18th green during the first round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Canadian Corey Conners continues to ride wave of success at Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The biggest problem Corey Conners might have this week is pulling a muscle by smiling too much.
Still riding the improbable adrenaline high from his last-in as a Monday qualifier in Texas to first-off in the Masters, Conners found himself lost for words early Thursday morning before he ever found himself on the Masters leaderboard.
After watching Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player hit the honorary tee shots immediately before his grouping took the first tee, Conners suddenly found his hand in the mitt of the greatest champion of all time.
“He just congratulated me on the win, that felt pretty special,” said the hopelessly grinning Conners of his Nicklaus encounter. “Never thought in a million years that Jack Nicklaus would know who I am and it just felt pretty cool. I was able to stand on the back of the tee and watch he and Mr. Player tee off and really appreciate what they have done for the game of golf and it was a really cool experience to be part of. I just tried to soak it in and really enjoy it.”
Conners is still coming to terms with being here at all.
Ten days ago, he was the 196th-ranked player in the world facing a playoff in a Monday qualifier just to get into the Valero Texas Open.
By Sunday, he was making 10 birdies to win his first PGA Tour event by one shot and book the 87th and final spot into the Masters.
The odds – even for someone with a T3 and runner-up already on tour this season – were off the charts.
“I’m a math and stats guy and it was very unlikely that I was going to be here, I’ll say that, especially having to Monday qualify last week,” he said. “So, yeah, could have said almost certain that I wouldn’t be here, but it’s worked out really well and I’m really happy.”
Whatever magic the Listowel, Ont. native has going did not rub off on the six-time green jacket winner’s palm. He was coasting along with a birdie and two bogeys through 12 holes before catching fire. A two-putt birdie on 13 got him back to level par and he started throwing darts.
He stuck an 8-iron from 152 yards to three feet on 14 for birdie and then drew a majestic 6-iron from 202 yards to five feet on the par-5 15th and knocked in the downhill slider for eagle that vaulted him into sole possession of the lead at 3-under.
“That was the shot of the day for me, I would say,” Conners said of his eagle approach, which earned him his first piece of Masters crystal.
Not even a 3-putt from 46 feet on the bottom tier at 18 could wipe the smile from Conners’ face, as he walked off with the early clubhouse leader at 2-under 70. It was a significant improvement over the 80 he shot in his first round as an amateur in the 2015 Masters. “Quite a lot better,” he said. “I had a great day out there, it was beautiful, it was fun to be first off this morning, felt pretty special to be out there on the tee and I am really happy with how I played.”
Mike Weir, the 2003 Masters champion, wasn’t surprised, having seen Conners shoot 80-69 in the two rounds they played together in 2015.
“Even back then I was very impressed with his game,” Weir said of Conners. “He drove the ball well and got on the wrong side of the hole a couple times and that’s what can happen around here. You can shoot 80 and actually not play that poorly. It can get away from you quickly here. I’ve always been impressed with his game and he’s continued to get better and work on his weaknesses and enhance his strengths. He’s really doing some great things.”
Conners’ wife, Mallory, gained notoriety with her expressive reactions during his dramatic final round in San Antonio, and her heart was still racing Thursday. “It’s been a whirlwind,” she said, “and we haven’t had time to process it.”
Conners received a warm welcome on the first tee Thursday.
“I think there’s way more Canadians or people pretending to be Canadians out there than I would have guessed,” he said.