For the first time, this year’s Presidents Cup will feature two Canadians on the International Team; Corey Conners and Taylor Pendrith.
One has an established resume, while the other is rising up the golf rankings. The big question is if they can help their depleted team defeat the heavily favored American Team led by Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, and many more.
To get a better idea, let’s take a look at the two Canadians that will be competing at Quail Hollow, beginning on Thursday, September 22nd.
Canadians at the 2022 Presidents Cup
Between the two, Conners has the more prominent resume. At only 30 years old, the Canadian star is currently 26th in the Official World Golf Rankings, thanks to his 4 top-10 finishes this past season.
Conners only has 1 victory on the PGA Tour (2019 Valero Texas Open), but he has impressed Trevor Immelman’s staff due to his consistent play. Many are surprised that this is only his first Presidents Cup selection, but surely it won’t be his last.
Conners has shown in years past that he can dominate match play events. At the WGC- Dell Technologies Match Play Championship back in March he was the consolation winner after defeating LIV Golf star Dustin Johnson.
Along with that, the Listowel, Ontario, native finished top-4 in both the 2013 and 2014 U.S. Amateur Match Play Championships.
According to Conners, it’s a style of play that he simply feels comfortable with:
"“I love the format and I’m very comfortable with it. I hate to lose, so there’s a really competitive nature to it for me because even if I fall behind it’s a fun challenge to try and square it up and go ahead. I played well in Austin at the match-play event, won a bunch of matches, but I’d also say my game sets up well for it. Drive it well, iron it well and don’t give up on any holes is the key to this format. Match play is about taking advantage of opportunities.”"
It’s obvious that Pendrith has had a meteoric rise over the past year. In just his first full season on the PGA Tour, Pendrith made it all the way to the second round of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, thanks to his 3 top-10 finishes on Tour.
Similar to Conners, Pendrith’s consistency was evident throughout the season. In his 21 starts, the 31-year-old made 16 cuts, a very impressive stat when competing amongst the World’s best.
After completing his NCAA career at Kent State University, alongside Conners, Pendrith spent 2017-2020 between the Mackenzie Tour and Korn Ferry Tour, showing consistent progress.
All statistics point to Pendrith becoming a force on Tour for years to come. Only two players finished top-10 in Driving Distance and Greens in Regulation. Guess who? Jon Rahm and Taylor Pendrith.
The Richmond Hill, Ontario, native fits the narrative that is attached to the underdog International Team and he wouldn’t have it any other way:
"“To be picked by Trevor is amazing. It’s an honour to be part of this team and hopefully, I can bring some good stuff to the table. Obviously we have a big task ahead of us and it would be a hell of a story. But we are all there for the same reason. We want to play the best golf we can.”"
We will see how the two Canadians fair when the Presidents Cup kicks off at Quail Hollow. Can the International Team pull off the true upset? It would be foolish to count them out now.