In Golf Canada's talented professional training, the name of Taylor Pendrith comes up more and more often. Like his monstrous tee shots, he is expected to explode shortly.
Among fans of the little white ball in Quebec, this name may sound familiar. Last year, he won the Mackenzie Investments Open on the Canadian Tour by scorning the course at Elm Ridge, at L'Île-Bizard, when he had cut 28 shots par in his four rounds. On the aisles of Royal Montreal during the 2014 Canadian Open, he brought down a first card of 65 (-5) and then finished 43rd in his baptism of fire on the PGA Tour.
The 29-year-old Pendrith has been sailing through thick and thin since the start of his professional career in 2014. This week, his relentlessness is rewarded as he sets off on the formidable course of Winged Foot in this 120th edition of the American Omnium. In his first presence, he even resisted the chopper on this course which follows his style of play.
Sometimes on the Canadian circuit, sometimes in the antechamber of the PGA Tour since 2014, injuries to the wrist and hand almost put an end to his dream three years ago. Financial problems immediately arose, since he could not play.
Despite adversity, he never gave up or lost his goal of reaching the big circuit. According to National Training Head Instructor Derek Ingram, he has all the tools and the determination to be successful there because his game is built accordingly.
“He has the skills akin to those of Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka,” said Ingram of the power and short game of his protégé, a card hidden in his bag. It's very rare. I don't mean that he will be dominant like these golfers, but rather that he will be able to fight with them. Taylor is a hard worker and intelligent. ”
Soon on the big circuit
In this unusual season, Pendrith demonstrates the full extent of his talent on the Korn Ferry circuit, the antechamber of the Monahan circuit. With five top 10s in his 18 tournaments, he occupies the third rung of the standings with three tournaments still to be played. If he maintains his pace and remains in the top 10 in the annual overall standings on the evening of October 11, he will have access to all events on the PGA Tour calendar in 2021.
For 18 months and his victory in Montreal in September 2019, the Ontarian has gone through the full range of emotions. Confident of his game, a shoulder injury came to haunt him. The break due to the pandemic allowed him to recover and come back strong.
“It's nice to take off without pain. My mind is also better. It's easier when you feel good and can record low scores. I have had good results this season. My victories on the Mackenzie Tour have given me confidence. I know I can win. ”
Without a doubt, this presence in the final rounds of the US Open will be beneficial to its development.