By Andrew Both
AUGUSTA, Ga. (Reuters) – Eighty-seven years after a Canadian recorded a hole-in-one within the very first Masters, Corey Conners matched the feat in the course of the third spherical at Augusta National on Saturday.
The effort, the sixth ever ace at the sixth gap within the Masters, helped arrange Conners for a doable likelihood of changing into the second participant from north of the border to clinch a Green Jacket, after Mike Weir in 2003.
Weir was within the gallery on Saturday proudly carrying his jacket after lacking the lower the day before today.
Conners, 29, in his fourth Masters, goes into the ultimate spherical 5 strokes behind Japanese chief Hideki Matsuyama.
Conners married judgment and execution for his ace, utilizing an eight-iron and touchdown his ball about 10 yards in entrance of the cup at Augusta National. It took three bounces earlier than rolling in for the primary ace there since 2013.
“It was a little draw, turning at the pin. I think I hit the pin with a little bit of steam, but it was right in the middle, so a pretty special moment,” Conners mentioned.
He later virtually holed out from an analogous distance at the par-four 18th, the place his method shot clattered in opposition to the pin on the primary bounce.
But luck was not on his aspect this time, as his ball ricocheted 15 toes away, resulting in a closing two-putt par and a four-under-par 68.
Despite his lofty place, Conners was not nervous about tossing and turning all evening.
“I’m notoriously a great sleeper, so I don’t think that will be a problem,” he mentioned.
The title of the Canadian to make that ace again in 1934: Ross Somerville at the sixteenth gap.
(Reporting by Andrew Both; modifying by Jonathan Oatis)