It is not easy being a PGA Tour professional especially when you are scraping by to earn a full-time card but once you break through it is so very sweet. This could not be truer for Corey Conners this week. To get a spot in the Valero Texas Open he had to qualify for the tournament. What this meant was that he had to play a round on Monday to earn his spot in the field.
Not only did Conners qualify but he went on to win the tournament with an awesome final round of golf which only saw 4 pars on his scorecard and a two-shot victory over Charley Hoffman. He is the first player in 9 years to have qualified on Monday who then went on to win the tournament. A true battlers journey.
"No more Monday qualifying," Conners said. "That's the best deal from this. Amazing. It's a dream come true. I won't be as stressful on Mondays."
To cap off an amazing weekend, Conners earned the final spot in the Masters field which starts this week.
"My wife got an email this morning letting her know we could check in for our flight back home," Conners said. "I told her, `Aw, don't check in yet. Maybe we can make other plans.' Big change of plans. It was going to be an off week. I'm glad it won't be."
Conners started the day one stroke back of overnight leader Korean Si Woo Kim, THE PLAYERS Championship winner in 2017 but being in the final group did not faze him. Kim started with an opening birdie but a costly double bogey on the third derailed him. Meanwhile, Conners also started with a birdie on the 1st but also went on to birdie the 3rd, 4th and 5th and one stage looked like he was going to storm away with the tournament.
As all good stories go there is always a bad bit and this is where Conners went to bogey the last 4 holes of the first nine undoing all his hard work. It had looked like he had let the tournament slip through his hands but nobody expected him to win.
"I told myself I could do it," Conners said. "I had been hitting a lot of quality shots. I was really relaxed. I had a lot of confidence in my game."
Through nine holes he had only one par on his card and you know how I said earlier that he finished with only 4 pars in total. Well, you guess it he went on to birdie 10, 11, 12, 14, 16 and 17 en route to a two-stroke victory over Hoffman which helped him win the tournament which meant no more Monday qualifying and a start in the Masters.
Check out his scorecard below: