Canada Producer a Bomber in Pendrith

ÎLE-BIZARD, QUEBEC | On the eighth hole at Royal Montreal Golf Club last week, a group that included Canadian Eugene Wong was putting out when they heard a thud. Wong turned around to see a ball rolling up to the edge of the green and then started to laugh at the scene.
Wong recognized the missile had come from the rocket launcher of Taylor Pendrith, a Canadian amateur who was given an exemption into the tournament. It had traveled 365 yards from the tee, coming to rest just off the putting surface. Two days later he’d drive the ball directly beside the green.
Pendrith’s Herculean efforts were a reminder of when a young John Daly showed up as an alternate at Crooked Stick and bombed his way around the course to stardom and the PGA Championship.
And no, Canadian amateur Pendrith didn’t win last week’s RBC Canadian Open, even though he was tied for third after the first round. But he did turn heads and make plenty of people in the golf world aware of the Kent State product from Toronto who hits the ball, well, longer than practically anyone. That means he was 10 yards longer on average than anyone in the field at Royal Montreal. That’s longer than Dustin Johnson or Robert Garrigus, both of whom move the ball impressively far distances off the tee. He hit eight drives longer than 300 yards in each of his opening rounds, and nine in his third round.
And in sports there’s nothing more impressive than power and speed. That’s why sports fans love when Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman hurls a 105-mph fastball, are amazed at the explosiveness of Usain Bolt, and are blown away by Canadian Milos Raonic’s 250-kph serve.


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