With his tie for eighth at last week’s Masters still large in the rear view mirror, Corey Conners has his eyes focused straight ahead at this week’s RBC Heritage at Hilton Head.
“Yeah, it’s a quick turnaround, definitely a lot to process from the week, but nothing new for us pro golfers. You’ve got to start preparing for the next week as soon as you finish the previous one,” admitted Conners.
“I took (Monday) off, just kind of refreshed a little bit here in Hilton Head and back to work this week and really focused on what’s ahead and focusing on building a plan for this golf course,” he said.
“I’m going to be home next week and maybe be able to think about Augusta a little bit more then, but right now we’re trying to dial in things here in Hilton Head for the RBC Heritage,” added Conners.
His second consecutive top 10 at Augusta after last year’s tie for 10th came with plenty to process, not the least of which was the hole in one he shot on the sixth hole in Saturday’s third round and that he was in contention going into the finale on Sunday.
However, he went bogey-bogey-double bogey-bogey on consecutive holes between the fifth and the eighth on Sunday, so any reflection when he gets the chance will include mostly positives, but contain learning experiences, as well
“I definitely look at it as a learning experience now. It was a big negative when I walked to the ninth tee. I wasn’t very pleased with how things were going on Sunday,” said Conners.
“Definitely a good learning experience, just a few things to be aware of, Just to make sure I kind of play with freedom,” he said.
“I got a little tightened up on a couple of the tee shots out there and was trying to err on the safe side instead of getting good shots, which I had been doing for most of the week. Definitely looking back now, a bit of a learning experience, and good things that I will remember for next time and things that I can be aware of,” he said.
Those learning experiences aren’t the kind that will require summer school. Quite the opposite, actually. All indications this season point to a summer of 2021 that is filled with memories of a lifetime.
Conners’ finish at the Masters is his third top 10 in his last five events and his sixth so far this season on some grand stages, not only Augusta twice, but Bay Hill, where he was third at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and TPC Sawgrass, where he finished seventh at the Players Championship.
With those results behind him, to see him contending once again at the RBC Heritage wouldn’t come as a surprise as he seeks his second career win after his initial victory at the 2019 Valero Texas Open.
“I have a lot of confidence in my game. I feel like I’ve been fine tuning all parts of my game and everything is rounding nicely into shape,” said Conners.
“I definitely have high expectations teeing it up week-in and week-out and the strong results definitely help that,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to continuing the good play, but definitely a lot of confidence and definitely know that if I play my game, do what I can, play with the confidence, I have and trust that I have in my game, I’m going to give myself a good chance,” he said.
Conners starts Thursday’s first round on the first tee at 12:56 p.m. alongside Paul Casey and Webb Simpson.