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Pendrith drives for show, can't putt for dough

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WHEN the Canadian Amateur last appeared in Winnipeg in 2011, a national amateur team member, Mackenzie Hughes, walked off with the trophy at Niakwa.

Team Canada was looking good again on Thursday, this time at Elmhurst on the final day but fell short by the smallest of margins.

With a 4-under 66, Richmond Hill, Ont.'s Taylor Pendrith posted 6-under-par 276 and it earned him a spot in a three-man playoff.

He appeared to have the championship by the throat on the second extra hole when he belted his drive to just 10 steps off the front of the green on the par-four, 403-yard first hole.

Pendrith chipped to four feet but his birdie putt actually broke slightly up the hill and missed on the left.

"I could have ended it on the second (playoff) hole but it's all right," Pendrith said. "It was a good putt. I hit it right where I wanted to. It just hung out there."

New Zealand's James Beale won the title on the next hole with a 20-foot birdie.

"Hats off to James," Pendrith said. "He made a great putt on that third playoff hole. You can't be too angry."

Pendrith, who finished tied for 43rd at the RBC Canadian Open two weeks ago, didn't show off his power only in the playoff. During his final round, he drove the green on the par-four 10th, at 362 yards, and made a five-footer for eagle that sparked his comeback.

"I hit driver there every day I played," he said. "I didn't hit a good one until that one. That was probably the turning point because I was even to that point."

Thursday's other bid came from national team teammate Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., who missed the playoff by a shot after carding a 73.

Conners has now finished tied-third, fourth, tied-second and tied-fourth in the Amateur in the last four years.

"It just makes me realize the value of one shot," Conners said. "I've known that for a long time, but it's important to keep grinding, do the best you can."


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