Corey Conners has waited all his life to look at his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs meet their historic rivals within the Nationwide Hockey League playoffs, however the little matter of main a serious golf championship is getting in the way in which of his viewing pleasure.
The Leafs began their first-round playoff collection in opposition to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday evening barely an hour after Conners wrapped up an outstanding five-under-par 67 within the opening spherical on the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island.
However with a 5 a.m. alarm looming so as to rise for his early second-round tee time, the Canadian golfer indicated it could be enterprise first as he plans to tuck in earlier than the top of the hockey sport.
“I’ve no probability of staying up until the top of the sport,” Conners mentioned. “I will be in all probability in mattress earlier than the third interval begins. I am excited to look at a little bit of the sport.”
The Leafs and Canadiens, as soon as hockey’s best rivalry after they had been Canada’s solely NHL groups, haven’t met in a Stanley Cup playoff collection in 42 years, final dealing with off in opposition to one another within the postseason lengthy earlier than the 29-year-old Conners was born.
Conners was talking after producing a masterful show in brutal situations, significantly over the ultimate 5 holes that performed into the enamel of the howling wind.
He swung with precision, flighting his ball magnificently, significantly on the par-four 18th, the place he struck a three-hybrid from 215 yards that by no means deviated from the flag.
Though he missed the 15-foot birdie putt, a decent closing par left him with a two-shot lead and enhanced his rising repute as a participant of the best order.
Conners completed within the prime 10 prior to now two Masters.
“I’ve a variety of perception in myself, and I have been enjoying nicely for fairly some time. I am excited for the chance to play in opposition to the very best gamers on the planet and put my sport to the take a look at.”
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