Canada is hoping for a top-10 finish at the Converse Masters

Corey Connors has been at the Masters debate for the past two years. This week, she’s finally ready to give up the green jacket.

Listowel, Ont. From Conners, one of three Canadians competing at the Augusta National Golf Club starting Thursday. He finished 10th in the event in 2020 and then eighth last year.

“I have to work hard and try and believe in myself there,” Connors said of his first major win this weekend. “But I’m very excited to be back and I’m excited about where my game is.

“I think I can get myself a realistic chance to mingle over the weekend.”

Conners finished the 46th place tie in 2019, his first game in the Masters as a professional, his rookie season on the PGA Tour.

He has come a long way since then.

On Sunday, a 5-under 67 helped the Conners tie 35th at the Valero Texas Open and the 32nd place in the world golf rankings for the second consecutive week in a career-best match.

It was a tough month of the PGA Tour, with the 11th tie at the invitation of Arnold Palmer on March 6, the 26th tie at the Players Championship on March 13, and the Golf Championship-Dale Technologies match on March 26 with third place in the world.

His “worst” performance this season was the 40th tie at the October 10 Shriners Children’s Open, when he was tied 10-under overall.

“I’m a regular from a small town in Canada,” Connors said. “I’ve got some good results, but I think there’s still a lot I can do.

“So I’m going to work hard and see where it takes me, but never go too far ahead of yourself and try not to let my head swell too much.”

The Conners played a practice round on Tuesday in August with Dandas, Ont’s Mackenzie Hughes and Bright’s Grove, Ont’s Mike Weir.

Weir, who won in 2003, will be the first Canadian to win at 8:11 a.m. ET on Thursday. The next day at 9:39 a.m. Hughes and the concert will begin at 12:13 p.m.

Connors, 30, says watching Weir’s victory nearly two decades ago is one of his favorite memories as a fan of the game.

“I was very nervous to see, (Wear) probably felt more comfortable than me,” Connors said. “I always remember that moment, watching him win and every year since then.

“When the Masters begins, it also signals that the Canadian golf season is about to begin.”

Other notable men’s and women’s tours – the LPGA, the Epson Tour, and the Corn Ferry Tour – have taken a weekend to honor the Masters.

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