GGP: Big hitting Pendrith making moves

Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 8.32.35 AMThe day after caddying at the Freedom 55 Championship in London, I connected with Taylor Pendrith to talk about how smashing a golf ball 400 yards sets him apart from his peers.

Interestingly, I once spoke to an industry insider who dismissed Penrith’s chances, along with those of his teammate, Cory Conners. I was surprised. The insider said Conners was simply a match play golfer and Pendrith’s short game wouldn’t hold up. It is looking like that person was wrong as Pendrith blasts his way through the Mackenzie Tour.

I actually think Pendrith’s amazing length will serve him well on the Tour next year. He had some success there this year, and I suspect that will continue. All he needs is a couple of good weeks when his ability to hit the ball tremendous distances is matched up with even an average short game. He’s moving forward quickly—so maybe it takes a year or two to get to the PGA Tour. But I think people will take note of Pendrith—he’s remarkably long off the tee, and that’s usually enough to capture some attention.

In the meantime, here’s my story about him for Global Golf Post. 

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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