By Frank Pingue
(Reuters) – Corey Conners could be the defending champion at this week’s Valero Texas Open in San Antonio however that didn’t make him any extra recognisable when he checked into his hotel – even when his picture was on each room key.
The Canadian, who received the occasion after making the sphere as a Monday qualifier, mentioned he even made a remark to the lady who handed over the room key that confirmed him holding the trophy from 2019 however she by no means caught on.
“Of course she had no idea who I was, but I made a funny comment about it being embarrassing for the guy who’s got to look at himself on the room key every day for the whole week,” mentioned Conners.
“I obviously had my mask on and a hat and I think a sweatshirt, so she probably didn’t put two and two together. But it’s pretty cool, a nice touch. Happy it’s me on there and hopefully can be on there again.”
The win by Conners in 2019, which stays his solely triumph on the PGA Tour, secured the final invite to that yr’s Masters, the place he would go on to complete in a share of forty sixth place.
Conners already secured his spot in subsequent week’s Masters by advantage of his top-10 end at Augusta National final yr and might be brimming with confidence after latest top-10s at each the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Players Championship.
“I feel like I have a great plan for the golf course and feel like my game sets up pretty well,” mentioned world quantity 41 Conners. “Work the ball right to left off the tee, I think a lot of the holes fit my eye with that shot shape.
“Then sometimes being a powerful iron participant, that is the essential a part of success there. And then placing as effectively, I turned extra comfy on the greens.”
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Toby Davis)