Conners takes down Scheffler at U.S. Amateur
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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Corey Conners vs. Scottie Scheffler.
It was one of multiple matches in the Round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur that no one wanted to see this early, but it happened.
Both are established amateur players – Conners was a semifinalist at this championship in 2013, while Scheffler won the U.S. Junior Amateur last year before making a quarterfinals run at Brookline. They went the distance Wednesday afternoon as the 22-year-old Canadian, Conners, took down Scheffler, 1 up.
“It was kind of a struggle at the beginning,” Conners said. “We both made some mistakes and gave some holes to each other, and he had me down."
Thanks to using the express AimPoint Express Read method Technology, which Conners took up late in the spring, he made putts from all over the greens at Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course Wednesday.
“I have found that it has helped my game a lot,” Conners said. “You can be really specific with starting points for your putt and trust it.”
He made four consecutive birdies on Nos. 12-15, with the last three of those winning holes for the recent Kent State graduate.
“I made a sweet putt on 12 from 15 feet, and I was happy to knock that in because Scottie was in pretty close,” Conners said. “I was happy not to drop another shot there.”
He dropped in a 30-footer on No. 13 and then was conceded birdies on Nos. 14-15.
It was a big turning point in the match as he went from 1 down to 2 up in a three-hole span.
“He’s a heck of a player. There was nothing I can do about it,” Conners said of playing Scheffler in the first round. “It’s out of my control for sure.”
Conners, seeded 31st after stroke play, sunk a 6-foot par putt on the par-5 557-yard 18th to advance.
He will play the winner of the Taylor Moore vs. Jesse Heinly match Thursday morning.