ST ANDREWS, Scotland | Corey Conners has worked so hard in his career that he definitely doesn't want to join the controversial new LIV Golf series. Even if offered a bundle of gold, he would refuse as he loves his career.
“I'm not interested in that. No question of going there, assured the 30-year-old Ontarian, the best Canadian golfer, ranked 29th in the world rankings.
“I am satisfied with my career and my life on the circuit of the PGA. It's truly pleasent. I like to play PGA tournaments and participate in the Canadian Open in addition to major tournaments. I have no intention of leaving him at all. »
It's that to tussle with the world's elite in golf, Conners has been working hard for ten years. He started at the very bottom of the golf ladder and he didn't miss a rung.
He made his mark on the Canadian Tour, the Latin Tour and the antechamber of the PGA, the Korn Ferry, for several years.
Since the 2017-2018 season, he has been playing full time on the best circuit in the world. Why leave it?
Certainly not for the money or to take it easy by participating in a handful of tournaments by season.
The Canadian loves to keep busy. He participates in an average of 26 tournaments per season. If he could, he would play them all. But he understood that he also had to rest to keep in shape.
He therefore agrees with the comments that Tiger Woods made earlier this week, during his press conference in St Andrews. Asked about the stakes of the new league propelled by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, Woods said he did not understand the motives of the golfers who join it.
According to him, the experience gained on the way to the PGA Tour is invaluable, as is earning a living as a professional golfer traveling the world competing in the biggest championships.
“I started at foot of the mountain. Once I get to the top, it doesn't make sense to leave everything behind to join the new league, Conners explained. I still have so much to accomplish on the PGA. I want to continue to climb the world rankings and break into the top 10. And that is done by playing with the PGA. »
Among the other reasons, he also insists on participation in major championships. He tasted his first experience at the 2015 Masters Tournament. Nor is there any question of leaving those future prospects on the line as governing bodies, such as the Royal and Ancient, have made it known that they will revise under little about the eligibility criteria, starting in 2023.
Quail Hollow Objective
Conners will continue on the Monahan circuit. In addition, he has his eyes on an event he circled a long time ago: the Presidents Cup.
This will be played at the Quail Hollow Golf Club, in Carolina du Nord at the end of September.
Currently ranked 6th in the international team standings, Conners will continue to climb. Right in front of him, Abraham Ancer's name will disappear as soon as he hits his first tee shot in the LIV Golf league next week.
Mackenzie Hughes and Adam Hadwin are also in good positions, respectively 11th and 12th. The next deserters will open doors for them.
“Guys get out of the race by their decision. But I really want to earn my place on the team, Conners insisted. His 28th place at this Open will help him score valuable points.
“It's also disappointing because we want to put together the best international team. I could see myself playing with Abe [Abraham Ancer]. But I can't help it. I would be able to play with any teammate.
You had to watch him walk around the Old Course throughout the week. In his third appearance at the British Open, the native of Listowel, Ontario had his eyes wide and his smile spread from ear to ear. And this, even if he visited the impossible Road Hole Bunker twice. He gained experience on the links.
“It was an amazing week. It's such a special place. It was my first visit and I felt a unique support from the spectators. This course has really stood the test of time. It is very pleasant to walk around. I really hope to come back. »
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The ruins of St Andrews Castle.
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