20 year-old Austin Connelly showed up ready to play at the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale after shooting an opening round 67.
In an interview with Tip of the Tower, Mark Zecchino discussed Connelly and his chances this weekend at the Open Championship.
He plays full-time right now on the Challenge Tour which is the European Tour’s version of the web.com Tour. It’s the road to the European Tour. We’ve seen a few players take this road as a way to get the PGA tour with the most notable example being Brooks Koepka.Connelly qualified for the Open by going through sectional qualifying. Playing on the Challenge Tour, he has seen some different type of golf in the last year over in Europe.
He managed to somehow catch lightening in a bottle and now finds himself in the field.
Golf Talk Canada spoke with Connelly on last weeks show. Here is what he had to say about playing in the Open Championship.
Connelly is a dual citizen, holding both American and Canadian citizenship and has played for Canada in international events such as the Pan-Am Games. His grandparents are from Nova Scotia and he spent most of his summers in the Maritimes, honing his game on fairways there. He also spent time on Canada’s national amateur team.
However, Connelly makes his home in Dallas and grew up playing alongside Jordan Spieth. But Connelly plays with the Canadian flag beside his name and has stated he’s all in representing Canada.