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Canadian golfer and Mississauga Steelheads brand ambassador Taylor Pendrith remains motivated in his quest to make the PGA tour.

Currently playing on the Korn Ferry Tour, a step away from the PGA Tour, Pendrith is looking back on what was an unusual year for sports, including golf.

2020, which was his first full season on the Korn Ferry Tour, saw a three-month break between events from early March to Mid-June.

“It was a crazy time for everyone in the world,” Pendrith said about the sporting world going on pause last spring. “It was kind of nice for me, though. I was battling a shoulder injury at the time, and the break let me rest it a little bit.”

Like many, Taylor had a chance over the break to spend time at home and relax while also keeping his game sharp for when play would resume.

That return finally came in June, and in just his second event back, he would have his highest Korn Ferry Tour finish (T-14). This was a sign of things to come as all parts of Pendrith’s game started to click.

In four events between July 4th and August 2nd, Pendrith finished top three in each one. He finished in a tie for third, solo second and twice tied for second.

“A lot about the run I went on had to do with confidence. I’d never finished that high before (tied for 3rd at TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes). All the elements of my game came together at once, from driving the ball great to putting it really good.”

In those four rounds, Pendrith shot a combined 58 under par, including 21 under at the TPC San Antonio Challenge at the Canyons. The run would see him in the 60’s eleven times, under par fourteen times , and only over par once.

“I was in a good mental space. I proved to myself I can really compete on the Korn Ferry Tour.”

Pendrith learned a lot about what it takes to win during his first Korn Ferry Tour season. He mentioned his ability to stay consistent for all four rounds and how to play under the pressure of being in the final group on Sunday.

Pendrith also has great relationships with fellow Canadian golfers including Adam Hadwin, Mackenzie Hughes, and particularly Cory Conners, with who he often practices alongside.

“There are so many talented Canadian golfers on the PGA Tour right now; those are guys I can definitely look up to and learn from,” Pendrith said.

Currently, Pendrith is in Florida beginning his 2021 season on the Korn Ferry Tour. He hopes to see his name at the top of the leaderboard come Sunday night, something he came close to doing last summer. “The number one goal is to get a win on the Korn Ferry Tour.”

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