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Corey Conners' hole-in-one at the Masters got the ultimate Canadian tribute — a donut

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The 2021 Masters was loaded with tasty storylines, including Canadian Corey Conners draining the sixth hole-in-one on No. 6 in the tournament’s history — marking the first time since 2013 a player aced a hole other than No. 16 during the event at Augusta National.

Conners hails from a small region in rural Ontario, Canada, about two hours from Toronto, and was immortalized as only a Canadian can be — through a Tim Hortons donut.

Robert Rumph owns the Tim Hortons — a famous coffee and donut chain named for a hockey player that stretches across Canada and into some Northern U.S. towns — in Listowel, a small unincorporated area where Conners was raised.

Rumph was watching when Conners buried the ace, a shot that landed short of the hole and rolled in.

Rumph said Conners’ ace sent waves through the nearby Listowel Golf Club, a 27-hole semi-private golf course, designed by Dave Moote, RF Moote & Associates. Although the clubhouse is currently closed, Rumph said “runners” were sent out on the course to tell all the club’s patrons that Conners had just pulled off Masters history.

“It was amazing,” said Rumph, who has plenty of connections with the family, including knowing Conners’ dad Mike from his time as a local hockey coach. “Corey has made everyone in this area so proud. And when he’s home, he usually stops around and has a donut, so we made this special donut for him.”

The donut is covered in green icing and has a small while “golf ball” of icing on top. It’s not the first time Rumph has created something for Conners, when the 2010 Ontario Amateur champ first qualified for the Masters, the store had a similar donut, minus the golf ball.

“This time we had to add a little something extra,” Rumph said.

Conners should be able to foot the bill for plenty of patrons in the town of 7,500 — he finished T-8 at the Masters and has 11 top-25 finishes in 17 starts on the PGA Tour this season, amassing $2,785,045. He currently sits 42nd in the Official World Golf Ranking and 29th on the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

original article link https://golfweek.usatoday.com/2021/04/13/masters-corey-conners-ace-tim-hortons/

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