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Conners, Pendrith make record 2 Canadians named to Presidents Cup international team

Canada’s Taylor Pendrith plays his shot from the second tee during the final round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club on July 31, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. Pendrith’s solid play of late has earned him a spot on the International Team for the Presidents Cup.

As Taylor Pendrith struggled to recover from a fractured rib for four months, he had simple goals: get back to playing golf, keep his PGA Tour card to play again next season.

Pendrith has far exceeded those modest targets, rocketing up the FedEx Cup standings in the final six tournaments of the season. That impressive stretch also led to him being named to the international team at the upcoming Presidents Cup on Tuesday.

“Honestly, I feel like the last couple of months have gone very quickly and things have changed a lot,” stated Pendrith hours after captain Trevor Immelman made his selection official. “Looking back, it’s been a great season all things considered and to get [Immelman’s] phone call is amazing.

“It’s going to be a really, really cool experience and honour to to play for the international team.”

Pendrith tied for 13th at the Players Championship on March 13, the best finish of his career to that point, but fractured his rib in the process.

What the 31-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., hoped would only be a few weeks off stretched into months.

He ultimately returned to play at the Barbasol Championship on July 10 and he’s been in the top 13 at five of six events since then, including tying for second at the Rocket Mortgage Classic on July 31. Most recently, he tied for eighth at the BMW Championship, finishing the PGA Tour season 44th in the FedEx Cup standings.

“Taylor really, in the last couple months, burst on to the scene, quite honestly,” said Immelman. “He sort of disappeared off of our radar a little bit because we weren’t quite sure how he was going to come back. “But turns out, when he came back, he played some unbelievable golf.”

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