Austin Connelly is on his way back to reality, to Germany actually for the European Tour’s Porsche European Open in Hamburg, instead of Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ont., which he did receive an invitation to for this week’s RBC Canadian Open.
“I’m going to go catch a flight right now,” said Connelly of his season-long mission to maintain his European Tour status.
Connelly, a dual Canadian-American citizen, leaves Royal Birkdale after proving to himself and anyone who cared to take note that he is capable of playing with the best of the world at the Open Championship.
While the focus Sunday was on an incredible comeback by Jordan Spieth to win a third leg of the grand slam in a showdown with Matt Kuchar, Connelly tied for 14th at two under.
Like his buddy Spieth, Connelly looked like he was about to collapse on the front nine Sunday after going into the final round tied for third. After four bogeys on the front, Connelly reversed that trend on the back nine, where he put up four birdies, along with a double bogey and a bogey to finish with a three-over 73.
That came after rounds of 67-72-66 in the first three rounds.
“I played very solid today. It was extremely difficult out there. It was very windy, got very cold, as well,” said Connelly.
“It was definitely a rough start on the front nine, but it was nice to battle back the way I did. The main issue I had out there was just hitting way too many bunkers. I think I plugged it in three bunkers and you just can’t do that,” he said.
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