Austin Connelly and American Carlos Sainz Jr., are tied atop the leader board at 11-under midway through the ATB Financial Classic in Calgary.
Playing in the first group on the golf course on Friday at the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event, Connelly posted birdies on both par fives on the front nine before adding two more on 13 and 14.
Sudden windy conditions led to his only bogey at the par three 16th, but he quickly rebounded with a timely birdie at the par four 18th for a four-under 68, which lifted him to 11 under for the tournament.
“I came in with the same mindset that I had going into yesterday which was to give myself as many good looks as possible, try to keep it on the proper sides of the hole,” said Connelly.
“Out here it’s really important to keep it below the hole because you can find yourself in some extremely difficult situations on these greens if you don’t do that,” he added/
At 19 years, 10 months and 18 days, Connelly is the youngest player in the field. With this being his first full season on tour, the Canadian/American dual citizen is quickly learning what it takes to manage being in contention.
“It takes a lot of playing out here and being in the situation — it’s definitely an adjustment,” Connelly said.
“This is the fourth event out here where I’ve been at or near the lead, at least through the middle of the second round, so I’m starting to get a lot more comfortable around the lead, whereas three or four events ago, I was a little less comfortable,” he said.
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