Corey Conners became the 87th and final player invited to the 2019 Masters field on Sunday when he became the fifth Monday open qualifier since 1980 to win on the PGA Tour.
The Canadian's win in the 2019 Valero Texas Open was, needless to say, unexpected for the golf world, but it also left Conners -- and his new bride, Malory -- scrambling. All of a sudden, Conners was in the Masters and would need to find a way to Augusta, Ga. He knew he'd have a Masters tee time, but that's about it. After he figured out a flight, he would need a ride. And, most importantly, he would need a place to stay.
The Valero Texas Open and sponsor Valero had Conners covered. In the moments after Conners won, took his trophy and put on his victory boots, the organizers had worked to get him, his wife and caddie on a charter flight bound for Augusta, Ga. They also snagged some housing accommodations in a crowded housing market.
Valero takes care of its champ. 3 seats on a charter to Augusta and already found him a place to stay this week. That’s VIP treatment.
— Adam Schupak (@AdamSchupak) April 8, 2019
That's great news for Conners, who now doesn't have to worry about the little details of getting through Masters Week. He can concern himself with getting to Augusta National Golf Club on Monday, figuring out the logistics of the tournament and learning the golf course.
There had been some consternation with the Valero Texas Open taking over the pre-Masters PGA Tour slot from the Houston Open as part of a long-term sponsorship extension. However, Conners winning is one of the better stories this season, and their commitment to helping out their champion will earn them brownie points with Conners' fellow players.