Canada’s Corey Conners Hopes Impressive Season Leads to Presidents Cup Spot
- Category: Inside Golf
- Published: 2019-09-03
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
While signing autographs at the 2018 Valero Texas Open, Corey Conners told a group of young fans he’d give away his hat to the first person that could say what his name was. It was a contest without a winner.
That will change next year when Conners, of Listowel, Ont., returns to the Texas Open as the defending champion. His first career PGA Tour win came at the April event and was the highlight of the year for Canada’s top male golfer last season.
"The win is something that’s such a huge deal. You always wonder if it’s possible," Conners said in a phone interview.
Conners was the only Canadian to make the season-ending Tour Championship on the PGA Tour. In this season, Conners had four top-10 finishes, earned nearly US$3-million on the course, and finished 26th on the FedEx Cup standings.
By getting to the final event of the season, Conners earned an automatic berth in the Masters, U.S. Open, and British Open. Although he doesn’t qualify immediately for the PGA Championship, it’s likely he’ll earn a spot in that field as well. In all, Conners had one of the most successful Canadian seasons on the PGA Tour in recent memory.
There are 10 events coming up in the fall portion of the 2019-20 PGA Tour schedule, and Conners said his focus has shifted towards making the Presidents Cup team.