The first women’s professional major of 2019 – the ANA Inspiration – went into the record books on Sunday, and the first men’s major of the season takes center stage this week with the 83rd Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.
That also means we are just nine weeks out from the 119th U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. The U.S. Open Trophy Tour, presented by Lexus, is kicking into gear with a stop at Monday night’s San Francisco Giants game at Oracle Park. Before 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner takes the mound at 6:45 p.m. PDT, fans can take advantage of a chance to view the names on this iconic trophy.
The Giants’ game against the San Diego Padres is one of 18 stops on the tour, as the U.S. Open Trophy races from the Bay to Breakers to Laguna Seca, en route to Pebble Beach in a 2019 Lexus LX. It kicks off on Monday with an event featuring Hall-of-fame quarterback and Bay Area legend Joe Montana. Learn more here about the tour, as well as an opportunity to win hospitality suite tickets to the U.S. Open, June 10-16 at Pebble Beach.
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Conners Captures Canada’s Attention
The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin on Wednesday, but on Sunday, Corey Conners gave Canada more reason to watch the Masters, starting on Thursday. The native of Listowel, Ontario, earned the final spot in the Masters field – and his second start at Augusta National – in dramatic fashion, capturing the Valero Texas Open title by two strokes over Charley Hoffman.
Conners, 27, is no stranger to USGA championships, having reached the final of the 2014 U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club, where he lost to Gunn Yang (earning his first Masters berth in the process). One year earlier, in the U.S. Amateur at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., Conners helped to make history by reaching the semifinals. Although he lost to eventual champion Matthew Fitzpatrick, Conners joined Brady Watt and Oliver Goss, both of Australia, and Fitzpatrick, of England, as the only all-international group of semifinalists.
Conners, who has toiled on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica, the PGA Tour Canada and the Web.com Tour, only got into the Texas Open by surviving a six-man playoff in the tournament’s Monday qualifying event. His weekend scores of 66-66 gave him his first PGA Tour victory and marked only the fourth win on Tour in the past 40 years by a Monday qualifier (Arjun Atwal in the 2010 Wyndham Championship was the most recent).